What Types of Damages Result from a Personal Injury Case?

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What Constitutes Damages From A Personal Injury Case?

First, we know no amount of money can pay for the pain and suffering of an injury or even the loss of an individual due to a personal injury accident. But when involved in a personal injury accident, monetary compensation can be recovered that can help ease other stresses in your life. This monetary compensation is often referred to as damages, which amounts to the physical, mental and monetary losses you have incurred, due to the injury.

Damages are paid out by the insurance of the individual or the company responsible for the accident. The most common types of damages include compensatory and punitive damages.

Compensatory Damages

Compensatory damages are likely what first comes to mind when you think of a personal injury claim; economic reimbursement for expenses directly caused by the personal injury accident. Medical expenses and wages are the most common. Compensatory damages, however, can also include harder-to-quantify monetary reimbursement such as the pain and suffering caused by an accident and emotional distress.

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages are not awarded in every case; they are put forth by the court as a sort of punishment for a defendant who has been extremely negligent. They are also intended to deter others from such bad behavior and teach the defendant a lesson. Not all states allow punitive damages to be collected in a personal injury case but the state of Arizona does. Many states also have a cap on the maximum amount that can be awarded for a personal injury claim but Arizona does not have any such limit.

If you’ve been involved in a personal injury accident, be sure to call an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you recover the damages you are entitled to.

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About the Author

Jamal F. Allen founded Allen & Associates, PLC in 1996 to protect the rights of people who have been injured by the negligence of others and those who have been charged with felony or misdemeanor crimes. He received a B.A. in Communications from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas in 1990 and his Juris Doctorate from Arizona State University College of Law in 1993. Prior to founding our firm, Mr. Allen defended insurance companies at a large Arizona civil defense law firm. He also prosecuted a variety of felony matters as a prosecutor in the Maricopa County Attorney’s office.

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