What Are Personal Injury Damages?
There are generally two types of personal injury damages: 1) compensatory or actual damages; and 2) punitive or exemplary damages. Actual or compensatory damages are awarded to compensate for an injury or harm. Essentially compensatory damages are meant to make a person whole following an accident or incident; while exemplary or punitive damages are designed to penalize and deter conduct that is outrageous, malicious, or morally culpable. For example, punitive or exemplary damages are designed to punish the person or organization responsible for an accident or incident, if their conduct is found to be willful, wanton, and malicious.
General categories of compensatory damages include the following:
- Pain and Suffering (past & future)
- Mental Anguish (past & future)
- Physical Disfigurement
- Physical Impairment
- Aggravation of Pre-existing Condition
- Medical Expenses (past & future)
- Loss of Earning Capacity (past & future)
- Loss of Capacity to Enjoy Life (past & future)
- Inconvenience (past & future)
- Loss of Consortium
- Loss of Household Services
- Funeral Expenses
- Loss of Companionship and Society
- Loss of Inheritance
- Loss of the Market Value of Property
- Loss of the Sentimental Value of Property
- Loss of the Use of Property
- Repair of Property
Whether we are fighting for compensatory or punitive damages (or both), the legal professionals at the Law Offices of Roderick C. White have the skill, knowledge, and experience to aggressively ensure that our clients receive the justice that they deserve. If you or a loved one have been injured or harmed in any sort of incident or accident contact us immediately. We will do everything possible to make sure our clients and their families are legally protected.