In a personal injury case, compensatory damages are intended to reimburse an injured person for those things deemed lost due to an accident or injury. This compensation is meant to make the plaintiff financially whole again. That means that a dollar value must be assigned to damages incurred due to the injury.
It is fairly simple to place a dollar value on the amount of money needed to reimburse someone for medical bills, replace lost wages or pay for property damage. It is more difficult to place a dollar value on other types of compensatory damages, like the pain, suffering or emotional distress caused by an accident.
Emotional distress (including anxiety and insomnia), loss of enjoyment of life (such as an inability to take part in a favorite hobby) and loss of consortium (the loss of the ability to maintain a sexual or emotional relationship with your spouse) are all elements of compensatory damages available to injury victims.
If you are involved in a personal injury accident, keep track of any and all types of physical and emotional damage you sustain due to the incident. This information will help your lawyer ensure that you are fully compensated.