Defining Damages In Car Accident Personal Injury Cases
It’s not unusual for car accident injury victims to seek compensation after an auto accident. Such compensation can help pay hospital and medical bills, replace lost wages, and help pay for other expenses not covered by your or the other driver’s car insurance policy. In fact, it is the burden of these additional expenses that often leads victims to consult a personal injury attorney after a car accident.
As you move forward with a personal injury case, you will likely hear reference to different types of damages. In this post, we want to take a look at those different types of damages and explain when they may be sought.
Damages In Personal Injury Cases
“Damages” in a personal injury case, refers to the cost of the injuries you have sustained. Both direct financial costs, such as medical bills, and indirect costs, such as lost wages, are considered. Also highly considered are the emotional costs of the injury.
Most costs fall under the category of Compensatory Damages. Compensatory Damages include both specific and general damages. Specific damages correspond to the specific amounts of accident related injuries and/or losses including:
- Medical bills and costs
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Property loss
General Damages are less clear-cut. They do not have easily calculated values and are subjective. General Damages include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Inability to have children as a result of accident-related injuries
- Loss of an extremity
- Loss of consortium, if the accident caused a strain on your relationship
There is also the possibility of the court awarding the victim Punitive Damages. Punitive Damages are meant to punish the defendant if the accident occurred due to their especially careless actions or activities.
Are You Eligible For Damages? Contact Our Personal Injury Attorney For A Free Evaluation
If you have been injured in a car accident, there is a possibility that you may be entitled to damages. There are many factors that will affect your ability to secure compensation for the injuries so a thorough review of the situation by an experienced personal injury attorney is crucial to helping you determine your legal options.
Arrange a consultation with our Florida personal injury attorney for a free case evaluation. We provide strong advocacy for our clients and leave no stone unturned, doing our own evidence collection, witness interviews, and accident reconstruction to establish the facts of the case.
Contact The Beregovich Law Firm at (800) 631-9009 or email us for an immediate, no obligation, free home, phone, email, or office consultation.