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Types Of Damages For Personal Injury

Collecting Damages for Your Injury

You can seek a few types of compensation: compensatory damages, punitive damages and nominal damages.

Compensatory Damages
These types of damages are meant to reimburse you for your injury. The two types of compensatory damages are actual damages and general damages.

  • Actual damages reimburse you for out-of-pocket expenses, such as property replacement, lost wages, rehabilitation, medical bills, substitute transportation or other things that you have paid money for because of your injury.
  • General damages reimburse you for losses you have not paid money for. Some examples include harm to your marriage, future lost wages, emotional suffering, and disfigurement.

Punitive Damages
The defendant may be ordered to pay the plaintiff punitive damages. These are meant to punish defendants for their actions, if they are found to have acted intentionally, maliciously, fraudulently or with gross negligence.

Nominal Damages
If little evidence of actual damages exists, the courts still may choose to award you a small amount of money to acknowledge that the defendant legally wronged you. Nominal damages only can be asked for in cases in which intentional harm has been done.

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