People who are injured in car crashes, slip and falls, and other accidents caused by another person’s negligence are entitled to compensation for their injuries. There are several types of compensation, also known as damages, that victims can recover in a personal injury case. Here’s a look at the different types of personal injury damages:
Economic damages are awarded to victims to cover injury-related expenses, such as medical bills, or actual losses, such as lost wages. Victims should receive compensation for both their current and future expenses and losses. For example, if a victim can prove that he will need additional treatment in the future, he should be awarded economic damages to cover these expected expenses. Likewise, if a victim proves that he will need to take more time off of work in the future as a result of his injuries, he should be awarded compensation for his future lost wages.
The second type of compensation is known as non-economic damages. These damages are often referred to as pain and suffering damages because they are awarded to victims who have experienced mental or physical pain and suffering as a result of their injuries. For instance, if a victim is experiencing depression due to her injuries, she is entitled to compensation for this emotional distress.
It’s fairly easy to calculate the value of medical expenses and lost wages, but it’s much harder to quantify pain and suffering. For this reason, it’s important to let an experienced personal injury attorney calculate the value of your claim.
Some personal injury victims will also receive punitive damages. These damages are only awarded in cases where the defendant acted with indifference or a complete disregard to the safety of others. They are not awarded to compensate the victims for specific expenses or losses, but rather to punish the defendant for his grossly negligent behavior and deter others from engaging in similar behaviors.
Unfortunately, the victim will not get to keep all of the punitive damages that are awarded to him. In Missouri, half of the punitive damages awarded to the victim must be paid to the state.
Have you been injured? If so, contact the attorneys The Missouri DWI & Criminal Law Center at the Benjamin Law Firm, LLC right away. Compensation is never guaranteed in personal injury cases–especially if you are not represented by an experienced attorney. Our team will ensure you are fully compensated for your injuries. Call our office at 816-322-8008, email us at email@example.com or fill out our confidential online form to schedule a consultation today.