Thank you for your response.
You may file a suit against the detainee who injured you and seek:
1. Medical expenses (past and future)
2. Pain and suffering
3. Disfigurement and impairment
4. Lost income and future lost income
5. Punitive Damages
Medical expenses will be only what you (or the workers' comp carrier) were charged, and any future expenses that your doctors predict you will need (they will have to testify to this).
Pain and suffering is an amount that is within the discretion of the jury. Generally, you should ask for 3 times the amount that your medical bills were.
Disfigurement and impairment is an amount that is within the discretion of the jury to compensate you for the change in physical appearance of your body due to the injury and any loss in the use of the body part due to the injury. This number should also be a multiple of the medical expenses, around another 3 times the medical.
Lost income and future lost income will be any loss of earning capacity (your ability to do your job and the loss of wages) that you can calculate is related to the injury. This usually requires expert testimony
Punitive damages are in an amount that is determined by the jury, but you should ask for a large amount that would punish the defendant.
The real question at the heart of your case should really be whether you have any sort of potential to recover anything from this defendant. Does the defendant have any money?
If the defendant does not have any money or property which you could seize to satisfy the judgment, then there is no point in suing the defendant.
Also, you must remember that any award you receive from the defendant will be subject to claim by the workers compensation
carrier to reimburse them for any payments made on your claim.
Please let me know if you have any questions.