General Damages vs. Special Damages
When you successfully win a personal injury claim against a negligent person or entity (such as a corporation) that has done you harm, the court will typically award financial compensation for the losses you have suffered. Different sums will be awarded based on the circumstances of each case, categorized as either special or general damages.
General damages are awarded to recover for non-economic damages such as emotional pain or punitive damages. Special damages, or economic damages, are awarded to recover for financial expenses arising as a result of an injury such as medical bills or loss of income.
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What are General Damages?
The consequences of a major accident are not restricted to financial or even physical. Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to receive what are known as general damages.
General damages are awarded for losses such as:
- Emotional Trauma
- Loss of a Loved One (wrongful death)
- Punitive Damages (to penalize the wrongdoing of another)
Before pursuing a personal injury claim, it helps to have a clear understanding of your rights and the damages for which you may be eligible. Todd Miner Law will help to outline your case and either negotiate a settlement or take it to trial. If you have further questions, please contact our firm.
What are Special Damages?
Special damages are awarded to compensate you for any tangible financial losses you have incurred, including such expenses as:
- Past and Current Medical Bills
- Property Loss and Repair
- Lost Income Resulting from Missed Work or Diminished Earning Potential
Special damages are awarded for specific, documentable losses. In contrast, general damages tend to address more abstract losses. It is not uncommon for a personal injury victim to be awarded both general and special damages. Want to dramatically increase your chances of a successful personal injury claim? Contact the Orlando personal injury law firm of Todd Miner!
Experienced legal counsel is THE most crucial component of a personal injury claim. Contact Todd Miner Law today. Call our firm for the representation your case deserves, or if you have any more questions on the distinctions between special damages and general damages.