Although both of these are caused by negligence on the part of the responsible party, the main difference of these are the damages you can claim.
Although negligence on the part of the responsible party causes both of these, the main difference of these are the damages you can claim.
For personal injury, the following compensation can be awarded:
1. Lost wages – usually for income lost as the result of the injured party not being able to work as a result of being disabled as a result of the injury.
2. Medical bills – are calculated based upon actual medical care provided to the injured party before the demand, and future medical care that is projected by the medical professionals treating the injured party for the injuries suffered.
3. Pain and suffering – Pain and suffering are awarded based upon the perceived discomfort and disruption of the injured party’s life and activities which resulted from the injuries sustained as the result of the negligent act.
For wrongful death, the following can be awarded to the surviving family of the victim:
1. Lost wages – are calculated based upon future earnings of the deceased.
2. Medical treatment – are based upon treatment administered until the time of death.
3. Funeral expenses – based upon the cost of the deceased final arrangements.