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What Damages Occur In Personal Injury Actions?

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Once an accident or incident has occurred, the unfortunate individual can likely be devastated, found injured, and even in a financial crisis. Victims often find themselves borrowing money in times of these financial burdens. It makes sense to want to take back your life. Many times, it’s important to start with your finances. You know how important it is to have monetary relief, if you have been injured in the past. Reaching out to an experienced personal injury lawyer is increasingly important to ensure that you have their help.

Different Types of Recoverable Damages

Once an accident or incident occurs, damages are considered as a direct or consequential damage. Damages that are a direct result of another’s unjust or neglectful behavior are known as a direct damage. Consequential damages, however, are different damages that have happened because of the incident, though they may not be derived from an accident or incident. These are the two categories for damages, but there are also three categories of monetary damages recoverable when it comes to personal injury – special, general, and punitive damages. 

Special damages

are those that are acquired after an accident or incident has occurred. Typical types of special damages are personal property damages, lost wages, and medical expenses. In fact, most state laws ensure that the plaintiff proves that those damages that were experienced along with the actual damage. After a proven claim, monetary compensation is given to the plaintiff for the losses that were incurred. To successfully show proof of the amount and extent of damages, make sure that you keep proof on lost wages, medical bills, and other expenses, like receipts for repairs to your vehicle.

General damages

are known as damages that according to the law, derive from tortious acts.

Special damages vs. General Damages

Special damages are different in the way that general damages cannot be subject to any specific way of accounting. Conversely, financial relief in regards to general damages are unwavering on a case-by-case basis in the amount decided upon by the jury. General damages usually are seen as pain and suffering. When it comes to general damages, they are usually more difficult to prove; contacting an attorney can be invaluable in claims of these types.

What Are Punitive Damages?

These damages are damages that typically are awarded to the injured person for the reason of punishing the one who did the wrongdoing. In order to deter from future conduct that may occur in the same nature, these additional damages are provided.

Call a Personal Injury Attorney Today

No matter the personal injury, an experienced attorney is always available to help you. With the assistance of a professional attorney, complicated law provisions will be better interpreted; this is in your best interest. Contact the Michael Jeffcoat Firm for more info today.

Michael Jeffcoat


“When I went to law school, I didn’t know at first that I wanted to be a lawyer for injured people, but the more I saw and learned in the early years of practicing law about what big corporations and insurance companies do and how they behave, the more it became clear to me that I needed to be a plaintiff’s lawyer,” he recalls.

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