If you are considering filing a personal injury case, you are likely wondering how much you could be paid if your case is successful. The amount of money injury victims can collect in legal cases is called damages.
Damages can be secured either through a settlement or by a judge’s decision. Your attorney can help you figure out how much your injuries have cost you financially, as well as how much you may be owed for the suffering the accident has caused.
Kinds of Damages Available in a Personal Injury Case
There are a few categories of damages in personal injury claims, but the most common are special damages and general damages.
- Special compensatory damages. These damages are intended to pay for the measurable costs of the accident and are calculated using invoices, receipts, and wage statements.
- General compensatory damages. Often called pain and suffering, this category of compensation is intended to pay for losses or emotional consequences of the accident that are harder to calculate financially
Damages that may be available in your personal injury case include:
- Medical treatment. Personal injury damages almost always include an amount to cover the costs of medical care related to the accident, such as emergency room visits, follow-up care, assistive devices, and the estimated cost of future medical treatment.
- Lost income. Victims can collect compensation for time spent out of work due to the accident, as well as the loss of future earning capacity caused by a disability.
- Property damage. If your vehicle or other expensive property was damaged in the accident, the negligent party may be required to pay for repair or replacement.
- Pain and suffering. Some injuries can cause ongoing pain, discomfort, inconvenience, or long-lasting effects that make daily life difficult for victims and their family members. A victim may be awarded an amount for general damages if he or she suffered emotional distress, lost enjoyment of life, or loss of consortium with a spouse.
- Punitive damages. These damages “punish” the negligent party for his or her poor conduct, and may be available to victims whose injuries occurred due to the extreme carelessness of another party.
Our Arkansas personal injury law firm offers free initial consultations to injury victims, and we do not charge for our services until your case is resolved. Contact us today via our online form to have your questions answered by a personal injury lawyer.