What Should You Do After A Car Accident?

Special Damages versus General Damages

In personal injury law, the term “damages” refers to amounts of money awarded to an injured party to compensate him or her for certain specific losses. For example, if you have been in a motor vehicle accident caused by a negligent driver, you could receive damages for your car repairs, medical bills, and days of work you missed while recovering. There are many different kinds of damages that courts can award to ensure that a personal injury settlement is fair.

If you have decided to seek compensation from a negligent party who has harmed you, the assistance of a knowledgeable attorney can be invaluable. To discuss your grounds for receiving fair compensation, contact Jacksonville personal injury lawyer Don Guthrie at 904-296-1088.

What Are Special and General Damages?

Most personal injury damages fall into one of two categories: special and general. The differences between the two are outlined below.

Special damages: These are awarded to compensate plaintiffs for specific expenses that directly arose from their injuries. For example, if you pursue a negligence claim against an unsafe driver who has injured you, your damages may include:

  • Medical treatment (past, present, and future)
  • Lost wages due to days of work you missed while injured
  • Reduced earning capacity stemming from any lasting disability you have suffered
  • Any modifications your home has needed, or ongoing medical assistance you may need

General damages: These damages are awarded to compensate for less tangible losses that accident victims may suffer. To continue the car accident example, some general damages you could be awarded include:

  • Emotional and physical pain and suffering
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of companionship (if you are pursuing a wrongful death claim)

An experienced Jacksonville personal injury attorney will be able to evaluate your case and pursue the full damages to which you are entitled.

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At the offices of Jacksonville personal injury lawyer Don Guthrie, we are proud to serve our community by helping victims of negligence fight for justice. To schedule a free initial consultation, contact our offices today at 904-296-1088.

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