Types of Damages in a Florida Personal Injury Case
Personal injury lawyers help clients pursue what is known as "damages," which is a term that refers to money awarded by a court to an individual who has been injured through the wrongful conduct of another party.
Each injury or accident is unique. An experienced attorney in West Palm Beach can examine your particular circumstances and determine which types of damages to pursue. Personal injury lawyer David Glatthorn knows how injuries and fatalities can have a devastating impact on an individual and his or her family.
After an injury, medical bills can go through the roof. You may have to miss work, leading to a loss of income. If you retain Attorney Glatthorn, he will be able to help you assess your losses, which also may include non-economic damages such as pain and suffering or emotional distress, and demand compensation from the responsible party.
The following are the different types of damages in personal injury cases:
Compensatory Damages are for expenses related to your injury. The two types of compensatory damages are actual damages and general damages. It does not cover emotional damages or punitive damages.
Actual damages reimburse victims for out-of-pocket expenses. This includes items someone injured paid money for because of the injury, including, but not limited to, replacement of property, medical bills, lost wages and rehabilitation.
General damages reimburse victims for non-monetary items. For example:
- Loss of consortium (harm to the victim's marriage)
- Emotional suffering
- Pain and suffering
- Inability to enjoy life
Punitive damages are meant to punish the individual or business that is responsible for your harm. This type of damages is sometimes ordered in cases involving intentional or malicious conduct. For example, someone who assaults another person and disables that person may be ordered to pay punitive damages.
Contact a tough-minded West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer
A knowledgeable attorney in Florida is prepared to answer your questions and discuss your legal options. Contact us today. By choosing an attorney with a reputation for getting results, you will be closer to getting the compensation you need and deserve. Find out how David Glatthorn can help.