Compensatory Damages are made up of two types of damages.
- Actual Damages
- General Damages
Actual damages include all financial expenses and loss of money.
General damages include all emotional pain and suffering which has been pushed upon the victim.
What Factors Determine Compensation for Injuries?
There are many different factors that determine how much an injury victim will be compensated as well as how much the responsible party will be required to pay.
Compensatory damages include a large number of losses. Whenever a personal injury claim is filed these claims are most often based around compensatory damages. In the information below we will list some of the injuries that are most commonly experienced by victims as well as aliments and losses that may entitle you to compensatory damages.
Keep in mind that you should find a personal injury attorney to properly assess all compensatory damages since it is near impossible for someone that is not very knowledgeable about car accident law to calculate them on their own.
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Common Losses Which Are Included in Compensatory Damages
- Past, present and anticipated future medical bills
- Cost of medical devices and/or equipment such as wheelchairs, medications, nurse care, crutches, lifts, ramps, etc
- Pain and suffering. This includes not only physical pain, but it also will include any emotional pain. Such emotional pain could include but is not limited to: loss of enjoyment of life, loss of a loved one, grief, depression, loss of consortium, disfigurement and public humiliation
- Loss of wages or loss of any other profit that was caused by the disability or impairment that was caused by the accident
- Mental problems
- Disabilities that are Permanent
- Damages to Property
Punitive Damages Explained
Punitive damages are forced upon a defendant to push them or to discourage future behavior. These are most often awarded in cases of gross negligence which causes a great amount of damage. Punitive damages are not meant to compensate the victim even though all or at least part of the damages collected can be, and in most instances are, given to the claimant.