If you are injured due to someone else’s negligence, then you may be entitled to compensation, or damages, through a personal injury lawsuit. In these lawsuits, the compensation you seek will, in most cases, fall into two categories: compensatory damages, and punitive damages.
Compensatory damages cover the financial and personal losses that are incurred due to your injury, while punitive damages are awarded as a punishment to the defendant for egregious or intentional actions that caused your injuries. Punitive damages are not awarded in every winning personal injury case. They are typically only awarded in cases that are malicious.
Within the compensatory category, there are two types of damages -- special and general damages. These damages are awarded to personal injury victims to make the victim whole. In other words, special and general damages are awarded in an attempt to return the victim to the financial position they were in before the injury.
Special damages, also called economic damages, are financial losses that can be quantified or calculated into dollar amounts. These are the hard costs that you have sustained as a result of your injury, as well as those you will sustain in the future. Specific damages include losses in the following areas:
General damages, also called non-economic damages, are assigned to non-monetary losses suffered due to your injury. These types of damages are unique to each case. They include:
Because personal injury cases involve physical injuries and medical records, conditions, and costs, it’s crucial to have a legal team that has access to medical experts to consult on your case.
At Ross Feller Casey, we have both experienced personal injury attorneys and medical doctors on our staff to help our clients receive the compensation they deserve. We have a proven track record of multimillion-dollar financial recoveries and landmark verdicts in catastrophic personal injury lawsuits.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to someone else’s negligence, our legal team can help you recover the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for your free case review, and know that there is never a charge to you until we win your case.
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