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.
- Am I covered under the Jones Act?
- Can I pursue a wrongful death claim regarding my family member’s death?
- Can I receive compensation for a car accident or truck accident injury?
- Can I receive compensation for an oil rig injury?
- Can I receive compensation if I was injured by a product, such as a ladder or a power tool?
- Can I still receive compensation if I am partially responsible for my own injury?
- Do I have a personal injury case?
- Does Texas law require me to wear a motorcycle helmet?
- How much is my case worth?
- How much will it cost to hire a lawyer?
- How should I choose a lawyer?
- If I am injured while on someone else’s property, can I receive compensation?
- What are compensatory damages?
- What Are Mineral Rights?
- What can I do if someone is spreading false information about my business?
- What if I am not sure who is at fault for my injury?
- What if the person at fault for my accident is deceased?
- What is a material breach?
- What Is a Wrongful Death Claim?
- What is repudiation of a contract?
- What is the Death on the High Seas Act?
- What is the difference between mediation and arbitration?
- What Is the Jones Act?
- What makes a trucking accident different from other auto accidents?
- What should I do after an accident or injury?
- What should I do if I am having trouble with a business insurance claim?
- What should I do if I feel that my insurance claim was unfairly denied?
- What should I do if I’m involved in a traffic accident?
- Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit in Louisiana?
- Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit in Texas?
- Will I have to testify in court for my personal injury case?
- Will my case have to go to trial?