Types of Damages in a Personal Injury Lawsuit

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Damages in a personal injury lawsuit are primarily categorized into compensatory and punitive damages.

Types of Damages

Compensatory Damages are intended to make the injured party "whole" again from a monetary perspective. These damages are further divided into two types:

  • Economic Damages cover the measurable costs incurred due to the injury. This includes medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and other quantifiable losses.
  • Non-Economic Damages compensate for non-monetary aspects of the harm suffered, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of consortium.

Punitive Damages

Punitive Damages, on the other hand, are not aimed at compensating the plaintiff but are designed to punish the defendant for egregious or malicious behavior and to deter similar conduct in the future. Punitive damages are not awarded in every case and are subject to specific statutory limitations in many jurisdictions.

It is also worth noting that every personal injury case is unique, and the type and amount of damages awarded may vary depending on the circumstances of the case. Factors such as the severity of the injury, the impact on the victim's life, and the defendant's conduct can all play a role in determining the amount of compensation awarded.

How Is the Value of My Case Determined?

The value of a personal injury claim hinges on evidence presented in your case, with courts typically considering factors such as total medical expenses, lost income due to injury, and whether injuries are temporary or permanent.

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