You can legally seek to obtain general damages, special damages, and punitive damages. General damages are those that cannot be directly proven, such as “pain and suffering.” Special damages are those that can be sought as an exact particular dollar amount, typically in reference to medical bills, lost wages, and travel expenses. Punitive damages do not arise in every case, but when they are sought, it gives your attorney a right to bring light to prior bad acts of the defendant, which might otherwise be inadmissible as evidence.
Common Expenses Eligible For Compensation Include:
- Medical expenses, past, current and future
- Time lost from work
- Property that was damaged, such as your vehicle
- Permanent disfigurement or disability
- Emotional distress, including anxiety, depression, and interference with family relationships