Personal Injury Damages
When a person is injured by another, the law provides a means of seeking compensation,
known as damages, for those injuries and the detrimental effects they have caused
in the victim's life.
In a case of personal injury, a judge or jury may find the defendant liable for
several types of damages for varying amounts of money. For example, medical bills,
lost earnings, or property damage may be part of the damages picture. The plaintiff
may also experience significant and continuous pain and suffering due to his or
her injury. All of these factors are considered worthy of recompense under personal
injury law, which seeks as much as possible to return the victim to the state
of living he or she enjoyed prior to the injury.
In most personal injury cases, the victim must have suffered some sort of physical,
mental, or financial harm to have a strong claim for damages. In some intentional
tort cases, however, such as assault and battery, proving the misconduct of the
defendant alone may be enough to find in favor of the plaintiff. The types of
damages that can be awarded are compensatory, punitive, or nominal depending on
the merits of the case.
Types of Damages
Types of Compensatory Damages
Amount of Damages
Factors Affecting Amount of Damages Awarded
Comparative and Contributory Negligence