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Types of Damages Awarded in Personal Injury Claims

By Law Office of Mark Bush  Mar. 24, 2011 1:41p

If you've recently been involved in a preventable accident, it is not unlikely that you will be left with many different questions regarding the personal injury claim that you will be facing. Following receiving medical attention, it is therefore extremely important that you do not hesitate to get the involvement of a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer to help walk you through the process.

Legal Aid in San Diego Personal Injury Cases

After evaluating your case and determining whether or not there are grounds to file for a claim, a personal injury attorney can explain to you the different steps necessary towards fighting for just monetary compensation. One of the largest aspects of the personal injury claim process that you might have questions about will be that of damages. What are they? What do they cover?

Put simply, damages in an injury claim are split into two separate categories: compensatory and punitive. Compensatory damages are gained by putting a price tag on the accident. This includes dealing with actual, concrete expenses (such as medical bills for dealing with serious injuries, the loss of wages and even the cost of funerals in the cases involving a wrongful death) and they also deal with less physical damages, such as emotional pain and suffering.

Punitive damages, on the other hand, are created as a punishment to the criminal. In cases such as drunk driving accidents, a judge might award punitive damages to the victim in an attempt to further penalize the defendant for their actions. This is not an infinite amount, however, and many judges put a cap on how much can be given so it is limited to less than ten times the amount awarded in compensatory damages.

San Diego Attorney Defending Injury Victims

At the Law Office of Mark Bush, we have seen time and time again how negligent, reckless behavior can place the unwitting between a rock and a hard place. For this reason, we are unwaveringly devoted to providing our clients with comprehensive assistance in dealing with insurance companies and helping to pursue their just outcome.

If you choose to work with us, you can trust that we will do everything that we can to support our clients with creative and supportive assistance. We know how troubling personal injuries can be and we are fully devoted to ensuring that we do everything possible to make the injury claim process as painless, swift and effective as we possibly can. By fighting for the maximum monetary compensation, we leave no stone unturned in our efforts to help our clients put their lives back on track once more.

Contact a San Diego personal injury lawyer  from our firm today to schedule your initial case consultation.

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