Two Common Types of Personal Injury Damages
If you have been injured in a recent auto accident, you may have grounds to pursue legal action against the person who caused the accident. This type of personal injury case will take place in civil court, and if you prevail and the other driver is found liable for your injuries, the judge or jury may elect to award you damages. There are several types of personal injury damages that may be available to you, but compensatory damages are the ones most likely to figure into a personal injury case. Below are the types of compensatory damages that you may receive:
Special Compensatory Damages
Compensatory damages place a dollar amount on the injuries you’ve sustained – an amount intended to restore you as much as possible to the financial state you were in before the injury occurred. Special compensatory damages are typically easier to calculate than general, non-economic damages like emotional suffering. The amount of special damages may include such considerations as lost wages, the repair or replacement of property, medical expenses, and funeral expenses that resulted from the accident.
General Compensatory Damages
If general compensatory damages are awarded, the amount will include payment for non-monetary damages, such as pain and suffering and loss of consortium. Pain and suffering includes physical and emotional hardship, taking into account the fear, anxiety and depression that often result from a serious auto accident. Loss of consortium is a term applied when a spouse is killed or disabled in the accident. The living spouse may be entitled to compensation for the loss of companionship, affection, and support that the injured or deceased spouse would have provided had the accident not occurred.
There are other types of personal injury damages that may be sought through the court system depending on the particular circumstances of your case. An attorney can explain in more detail how personal injury damages work and how they can benefit you. Maloney-Frost offers experienced, aggressive representation in personal injury cases. Call (251) 443-4440 today to learn more about the types of damages you may be entitled to receive for your injuries. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation in your case.