When you are involved in any type of personal injury case, there are certain types of compensation for which you may be eligible. While only an experienced attorney can determine what types of compensation are likely, it is a good idea to be familiar with the different types of compensation going into the process. There are three primary types of compensation, or damages, which can be awarded in personal injury cases.
Compensatory damages is the type of compensation that is the most concrete. This type of compensation includes things like lost wages, medical bills, property damage, and ongoing medical care. These damages are ones that you can easily prove you deserve based on the merits of the case and the financial losses you sustained regarding the injury.
General damages are usually sought after in conjunction with compensatory damages. General damages are less specific and more arbitrary. Some examples of common general damages include pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of consortium. Ongoing lost wages or income due to being unable to return to work can also be included in general damages, as can ongoing and future related medical care.
Punitive damages are the least common type of compensation awarded in personal injury cases. Punitive damages are additional compensation that the defendant is required to pay as a punishment for extreme neglect or irresponsibility that led to severe injury or losses.
Only an experienced personal injury lawyer can advise you as to the compensation available in your case. If you have recently been involved in any type of accident resulting in injury, contact us today for more information or to schedule your free consultation.