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Types of Damages in a Personal Injury Lawsuit

Person with a leg injury at a California hospital.

When you suffer a personal injury due to someone else's negligence, it can have a significant impact on your life physically, emotionally, and financially. In such cases, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses, which can be categorized into different types of damages in a personal injury lawsuit. Understanding these damages can help you navigate the legal process more effectively and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

Compensatory Damages

Compensatory damages are intended to compensate you for the losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of the injury. They can be further divided into two categories:

  • Economic Damages: These damages cover tangible losses, such as medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and rehabilitation expenses. They are relatively easier to calculate as they have a direct monetary value.
  • Non-Economic Damages: Non-economic damages are more subjective and cover intangible losses, including pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of consortium. Calculating non-economic damages can be challenging, as they vary from case to case.

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages are awarded in cases where the defendant's actions were particularly egregious or intentional. They are meant to punish the wrongdoer and deter others from engaging in similar behavior. While punitive damages are not commonly awarded, they can significantly increase the overall compensation in certain cases.

Special Damages

Special damages, also known as specific damages or consequential damages, are awarded to cover specific financial losses resulting from the injury. These may include medical expenses, ongoing treatment costs, rehabilitation expenses, and any other out-of-pocket expenses directly related to the injury. It is crucial to keep detailed records of these expenses to ensure you can claim them accurately.

General Damages

General damages are awarded for non-monetary losses that are not easily quantifiable. They include pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of companionship, and loss of consortium. These damages focus on the impact the injury has had on your quality of life and overall well-being.

Wrongful Death Damages

In cases where a personal injury results in the death of the victim, wrongful death damages may be awarded to the surviving family members. These damages typically cover funeral expenses, loss of financial support, loss of companionship, and emotional distress caused by the loss of a loved one.

Contact the Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley To Get The Compensation You Deserve

Understanding the different types of damages in a personal injury lawsuit is crucial for ensuring you receive fair compensation for your losses. While navigating the legal process can be complex, seeking the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley, can greatly increase your chances of success.

At the Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley, we specialize in personal injury cases and have a proven track record of helping our clients secure the compensation they deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your case and learn more about how we can assist you.

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