The majority of damages a person can recover in a personal injury claim are “compensatory,” meaning their purpose is to compensate an injured party for losses they experienced as a result of their injury. Some of these compensatory damages are more concrete, such as reimbursement for medical expenses and property damage. Other times the damages are more intangible, such as compensation for pain and suffering.
Here’s a quick overview of some of the compensatory damages that most commonly apply to personal injury claims:
- Medical bills: You are entitled to reimbursement for any medical bills incurred as a result of treatment for your injury, as well as the estimated cost of any future medical care you’ll need to make a full recovery.
- Income: You may receive compensation for income you lost as a result of your accident due to missed work, as well as any applicable future lost wages.
- Property damage or loss: You are entitled to compensation for the value of any property lost as a result of your accident and injury.
- Emotional distress: After particularly serious accidents, you may be eligible to recover emotional distress damages if the accident caused a psychological impact, manifesting itself in the forms of anxiety, sleep loss, fear or other psychological problems.
- Pain and suffering: You may be entitled to compensation for the pain, discomfort and other forms of suffering you experienced due to the accident, and any ongoing pain you can expect to experience into the future.
- Loss of consortium: Loss of consortium refers to the impact the injuries have on your relationship with your spouse or child.
For more information about the damages you could potentially recover in your injury claim, contact an experienced Bradenton, FL personal injury lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.