When you have been injured in an accident ‘ whether that is a car accident, slip and fall, or a dog bite ‘ you likely wonder what type of compensation you may receive for your injury, pain and suffering, and other losses. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Ged Lawyers, LLP have been serving Florida residents since 1995, advocating on their behalf and successfully recovering just compensation for the injuries they sustained in an accident.
What are compensatory damages?
The area of law known as personal injury law protects those individuals who have been injured in accidents that were due to another person or entity’s negligence. Many types of accidents fall under the domain of personal injury law ‘ car accidents, slip and fall accidents, pedestrian accidents, and the like. The central theme in a personal injury case is that of negligence. The at-fault party must have behaved in a negligent manner that caused the accident to occur. In this instance, the injured person, known as the plaintiff, may recover monetary compensation known as damages. Damage awards may be agreed upon by both parties in a negotiated settlement, or may be ordered by a judge or jury after a court trial.
Types of damages in a personal injury case
Several different types of compensatory damages may be recovered in a personal injury claim. Some types of compensatory damages that may be recovered include ‘ but are not limited to ‘ any of the following:
- Expenses for medical treatment
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Compensation for loss of future wages as a result of the accident
- Lost earned sick and vacation time
- Compensation for future medical treatment resulting from the accident
- Property loss
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment
What are punitive damages in a personal injury case?
Unlike compensatory damages, which are designed to compensate the injured victim, punitive damages are intended to punish the negligent party. Punitive damages may be awarded in personal injury cases where the at-fault party engaged in particularly reckless behavior. Punitive damages are designed to serve as a deterrent for similar behavior in the future and are awarded to the plaintiff in addition to any compensatory damages they may be entitled to receive.
How much compensation can I receive?
The purpose of compensatory damages in a personal injury case is to compensate the injured victim for what they lost as a result of the accident, to restore things to the way they were prior to the accident. Certain damages, such as medical expenses, property damage, and lost wages, are easily calculated. Other damages, such as pain and suffering, are immeasurable and must be estimated.
Want to recover the maximum compensation for your injuries? Give us a call
At Ged Lawyers, LLP, our skilled personal injury attorneys have been successfully representing Florida residents since 1995. Our knowledgeable team is passionate about holding negligent parties accountable for the accidents they cause, and dedicated to recovering just compensation for our clients’ injuries. To speak with a member of our team to discuss your accident case, schedule a free case review online or by contacting our office directly at 844-443-3529.