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Personal Injury and Compensatory Damages

Whenever someone suffers injury as a result of use of a product, an automobile accident, medical mishap or neglect on the part of a property owner, the possibility exists that they may be eligible for damages from a personal injury claim. Damages may be compensatory or punitive. This blog post will discuss the various types of compensatory damages awarded in personal injury cases.

Estimating damages at the outset helps to document the crux of your demand. Failing to document all of your losses at the beginning (financial or otherwise) could hurt your chances of winning the full amount of damages to which you are entitled. Damages are monies paid to make the plaintiff in a lawsuit whole (compensatory) for losses or punish the defendant (punitive) for wrongdoing.

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Personal Injury and Punitive Damages

Oftentimes, when an individual successfully pursues a personal injury claim, the only damages they receive are compensatory damages. Compensatory damages are meant to recompense a plaintiff for losses (economic or otherwise) resulting from their accident and injuries. However, if a judge or jury determines that a defendant was particularly egregious in your case, you may also be awarded punitive damages.

Also called “exemplary damages,” punitive damages are meant to punish an individual or entity or deter others from the same conduct. The award is meant to make an example of the defendant, which often serves as legal president for future similar cases.

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Personal Injury Damages and What They Cover

Damages awarded in a personal injury case can seek to remedy a variety of issues that result from an accident. Below are a few descriptions of many of the variety of damages (compensatory and punitive) for which a plaintiff may be eligible in a personal injury case.

Medical:
In nearly every personal injury case a plaintiff will seek medical damages. Medical damages are meant to compensate the plaintiff for any medical treatment they have received as a result of the accident as well as an estimate of any future medical treatment to address those injuries or even future injuries that may stem from those injuries.

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