If you’ve been hurt on someone else’s property, you deserve compensation. This allows you to get the money you need to pay for medical care and any expenses that would’ve otherwise been covered by missed earnings; to pay for the emotional cost of your trauma; and to discourage future property owners from acting recklessly.
Not coincidentally, the three types of damages you can get from a personal injury suit correspond to these three needs. Below, we’ll dive further into these types of compensations and what they mean for you.
Special damages are the most concrete form of damages you can get. You’ll need to work with your lawyer to determine the many ways that your accident caused you to lose money. This includes medical bills, lost job earnings, the cost of any cancelled trips, and more.
Once you’ve determined that amount, you’ll need to determine future losses. This could be expected medical expenses, job earnings you’ll never be able to make, and more.
Together, all of these damages ask the property owner to pay for the damage caused to you.
Of course, not all damages can be recorded on a receipt. An accident can significantly alter your life in less tangible ways. How much has this accident changed your outlook on life? How many moments did you spend worrying about the results when you could’ve been living?
While the above damages are compensatory, you can also get damages designed to punish the property owner. This is the court’s way of saying that the property owner’s negligence was fueled by “oppression, fraud or malice.”
It’s important to note that though there is technically no cap on the punitive damages you can be awarded in this state, the California Supreme Court decided that ratios of punitive-to-compensatory damages that are “significantly greater than 10 to 1 are suspect,” meaning they’ll require special justification.
Why This Matters
When you’re the plaintiff in a personal injury lawsuit, you want to make sure you’ve considered all three types of damages. This is why it’s so important to have a personal injury lawyer who understands your rights and knows how to fight for them.
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