Different Types of Personal Injury Compensation

Personal injury compensationWhen you are injured in an accident that was caused as a result of someone else’s wrongdoing, you may be entitled to compensation. In a personal injury case, this is known as “damages.” There are two broad categories of damages: compensatory damages and punitive damages. This article provides a summary of each kind of damage. However, an experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorney can provide you with a more detailed explanation that is better tailored to the specific facts of your case.

Compensatory Damages Defined

Compensatory damages are awarded to an injury victim in order to reimburse him or her for the injuries suffered. This type of damage is available in all types of personal injury claims, including motor vehicle accidents, bicycle accidents, slip and fall cases, and mass torts. There are three basic types of compensatory damages:

  1. General Compensatory Damages

General compensatory damages are available to injured victims in order to compensate them for the damages that cannot be measured in monetary terms. In other words, this type of damage includes any harm that cannot be proven with a receipt or invoice. General compensatory damages include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish, such as emotional trauma
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of companionship
  1. Special Compensatory Damages

Special compensatory damages are available to injured victims for the expenses they have incurred as a result of the injury they have suffered. This type of damage includes any harm that can be measured in monetary terms, such as:

  • Medical bills
  • Loss of past and future income
  • Costs of past and future medical care and treatment
  • Household expenses
  1. Wrongful Death Damages

Wrongful death damages are available to the surviving family members of the victim who died in an accident. This type of damage includes:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Emotional distress of surviving family members
  • Loss of financial contribution
  • Loss of services and support
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of companionship

Punitive Damages

The court awards punitive damages to injured victims in situations where it is determined that the wrongdoer’s behavior was egregious, despicable or reprehensible. This type of damage is awarded to punish the wrongdoer. Punitive damages are not meant to compensate the injured victim for his or her injuries. Punitive damages are less often awarded.

Call a Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Today!

The legal team at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas is dedicated to helping our injured clients reach the best monetary settlement when they are involved in any type of accidents.

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury in an accident that was caused by the negligent actions of another party, our experienced Los Angeles personal injury accident attorneys are available to personally review your case.  Call us at 1-888-848-5048 to schedule a free, complimentary consultation with our legal team today.

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