Injured in an accident and wondering what’s my personal injury case really worth? In this article, learn about how California law provides you with an opportunity to seek compensation via a tort claim. Experienced and skilled personal injury attorneysat FarahiLaw Firm, APC are here to help, in case you or your loved one got injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence.
If you’ve suffered an injury, property damage, or any other kind of loss, as a victim you may seek compensation from whoever caused or liable to those losses.The legal term for this kind of compensation is “damages.” A damage amount can be agreed upon among the parties, their insurance companies, and their attorneysafter a negotiated settlement or following a court trial.
The damages awarded in personal injury claims are of two basic categories, compensatory and punitive.
Compensatory Damages in Personal Injury Cases
Compensatory damages are intended to reimburse or compensate an injured party for their damage. Some compensatory damages can be quantified comparatively easily — such as property damage and medical charges. But placing a monetary value on pain and suffering or the failure to enjoy hobbies due to physical constraints created by accident-related injuries is difficult.
In the state of California, compensatory damages for an accident or injury further fall into two basic categories:
- Economic damages – They are intended to cover “out-of-pocket” amounts the plaintiff has actually spent or will be required to spend in the future. Economic damages often includes medical bills, property damage and lost wages, and lost earning capacity
- Non-economic damages – This include more subjective losses such as physical impairment, pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment, inconvenience etc.
Punitive Damages in Personal Injury Cases
In instances where the behavior of the defendant is considered to be particularly grievous or reprehensible, punitive damages may be granted to a personal injury complainant in addition to any grant of compensatory damages. The true aim of such compensation is to punish the defendant and deter others from comparable behaviour. Personal injury cases those involving defective or health risks linked products, juries will award punitive damages against the product manufacturers.
If you have queriesrelated to the potential value of a personal injury claim, call Farahi Law Firm, APC at (844) 4-JUSTICE today. We will provide a free and no obligation consultation and explain the type and amount of damages you may be eligible for.