What Are Compensatory Damages?
When you experience a personal injury, you can be awarded compensatory damages as well as punitive damages. Today, we are going to focus on what compensatory damages are and some of the things that are included. While most cases will end up settled out of court, understanding the compensation that is legally allowed will help you to understand why you need a personal injury attorney to assist you maximize your settlement.
There are two types of compensatory damages:
- Actual damages include things like compensation for hospital bills, physical therapy, medications, ambulance expenses, medical equipment, property repair or replacement, lost wages, lost employment, increased living expenses, and other tangible damages like these.
- General damages compensate you for things like a decreased quality of life, long-term pain and suffering, the loss of future wages, future medical expenses, mental anguish, disfigurement, inconvenience, and other losses that be less tangible and more difficult to put a precise dollar value on.
Knowing what you are due is a must because insurance companies frequently offer a settlement that covers a fraction of these expenses in order to get you to walk away. Don’t sign anything before you speak to an attorney who can help you to get what you truly deserve!
Assistance for Your Personal Injury Settlement in California
Petrov Law Firm in San Diego has the experienced personal injury attorneys that you want in your corner when you are seeking compensation from an insurance company. Contact us today at 619.344.0360, so we can review your case and help you to maximize your compensation.