What Damages Can I Recover?

You can recover your actual damages, which are your actual losses such as medical expenses and wage loss. The law allows compensation for future medical and care expenses as well as future loss of income and earning capacity. You are also entitled to damages for personal injuries such as pain and suffering. Pain and suffering are relative to many factors. This can include compensation for emotional distress and mental anguish. The value of your claim may include how your pain and/or injuries affect your ability to participate in activities you enjoyed prior to the injury, such as hobbies, etc. Punitive damages are intended to punish the person who caused your damages. They are only permitted if the person who caused the damages did so with the intent to cause harm or indifference to the possibility of causing harm.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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