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The Types of Damages in a Personal Injury Case

If you suffer a personal injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, compensation should be received!

When you suffer injuries due to the carelessness or negligence of another person, a personal injury claim can be brought on. The compensation that you receive for your losses and injuries are referred to as damages and it is important to know what you can be compensated for if this happens. Here are the types of damages involved in a personal injury case.

Special Compensatory Damages

Compensatory damages are broken down into two parts and the first are the special damages. This includes any monetary expenses that were a direct result of the injury. These damages are specific to each individual because the type and severity of the injury induced varies from person to person. With special compensatory damages, there is no limit to the amount that can be claimed. These damages include things like loss of earnings, medical bills, future medical care costs, loss of future earnings, and household expenses.

General Compensatory Damages

The other type of compensatory damages are general, which refers to the non-monetary aspect of your personal injury case. When an injury occurs, we not only suffer physically, but mentally as well. They are referred to as general because it covers the harm that it is generally sustained in any injury. The most common types of general compensatory damages are pain and suffering, mental agony, and loss of companionship.

Punitive Damages

These damages are more complex and only come into the picture when foul play is suspected. Punitive damages are given to victims of a personal injury case when the defendant’s actions are considered “despicable”. A good example of this is when the plaintiff suffered injuries as a result of the defendant attempting to rob or assault them.

Wrongful Death Damages

When a wrongful death occurs, a personal injury case can be brought on. However, these damages are awarded to the surviving family members of the person who is deceased. The family members closest to the deceased person are the ones that should file the claim. Wrongful death damages typically cover funeral expenses, pre-death medical expenses, emotional distress, loss of companionship, and the loss of financial contribution that came from the deceased.

Have You or a Loved One Suffered a Personal Injury? Contact The Snyder Law Group Today!

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