If you have been injured in an accident, you may be considering filing a claim in civil court against the responsible party. Whether it is from a slip and fall, assault, or a defective product, understanding the types of compensation you qualify for is important. Not all claims qualify for the same types of compensation; therefore, you need to familiarize yourself with what your claim may qualify for first. It is also best to speak with a skilled Georgia personal injury attorney to assess your claim and see which potential damages you may receive in court.
Compensatory damages are meant to compensate the plaintiff for their injuries and losses. These are the most commonly issued form of damages in personal injury claims. These amounts are designed to make the plaintiff feel “whole” again – even if that is not possible in reality. Compensatory damages are easier to calculate, but there are some that can be more complex, such as pain and suffering or loss of enjoyment in life.
Some common types of compensatory damages your claim may be eligible for include:
- Medical Treatments – Any medical treatments you received as a direct result of your injuries are typically compensated for in your accident settlement. You should be reimbursed for medical treatments you have already paid out (including prescription medications, hospitalizations, procedures, etc.) as well as any anticipated future medical costs.
- Income Losses – After an accident, it is not uncommon for a person to have to take time away from work. If you have lost any wages because of an accident or you may not be able to return to work for some time (if ever), you can claim lost wages in your civil case.
- Property Losses – This includes vehicles, other items that were damaged in the accident, and even clothing. You can be reimbursed or compensated for any repairs you had to make or the fair market value of any property lost.
- Pain and Suffering – This is not as easily calculated as other compensatory damages, but you will be compensated for the pain and discomfort you have suffered as a result of your injury. If the pain is ongoing, you will also be compensated for future suffering.
- Emotional Distress – This is often tied together with more serious injuries. If your injury has a psychological impact on your life, you may be compensated for the emotional trauma you have already suffered as well as what you may encounter in the future.
Punitive damages are designed to punish the defendant for their actions, and they are not awarded in all civil claims. In fact, these damages are rarely awarded and only apply in cases where the defendant’s actions were so malicious or intentional that the courts need to punish them, using them as an example so that others deter from similar actions in the future.
What Compensation Do I Qualify For?
If you are curious about the compensation you may be entitled to in your case, contact an accident attorney at The Law Offices of B. Clarke Nash, P.C. today. Schedule your consultation at 912-200-LAW2 or fill out an online contact form with your questions.