What are the different reasons why compensatory damages are awarded in personal injury cases?
The different reasons why compensatory damages are awarded in personal injury cases include:
Victims may recover the costs of medical care, such as reimbursement for treatment already received and compensation for estimated costs of future medical care.
Property loss damages are awarded to victims for repair of or compensation for properties that were lost or damaged, such as vehicles, clothing or other items.
Loss of income:
Victims may be entitled to compensation for income that has already been lost, and income that victims would have been able to make in the future.
Pain and suffering:
These damages are awarded to cover pain and suffering experienced by victims during an accident and in its immediate aftermath.
Loss of enjoyment:
Victims may be entitled to receive “loss of enjoyment” damages when injuries sustained in an accident keep them from enjoying day-to-day pursuits such as hobbies, exercising and other recreational activities.
Loss of consortium:
Loss of consortium damages are granted to victims for loss of a relationship with their spouses, such as loss of companionship or the inability to maintain a sexual relationship.
Emotional distress damages are awarded to personal injury victims for the psychological impact of injuries such as fear, anxiety and sleep loss.