What Types of Damages Are Available in a Georgia Personal Injury Lawsuit?
If you were injured because of someone else’s actions or negligence, you have the right to seek compensation from the at-fault or negligent party. In many cases, the wrongdoer and/or their insurance company will not offer to pay victims the full amount to which they are entitled under Georgia law. Hiring an experienced lawyer who is familiar with Georgia personal injury laws can help you uphold your rights.
Compensation may include compensatory damages designed to cover the victim’s economic loss as well as punitive damages, which are intended to punish the wrongdoer. Compensatory damages can be further broken down into “special” and “general” damages.
- Special damages: This category includes medical expenses, initial expenses incurred immediately after the injury and the cost of ongoing medications, therapy, follow-up appointments, etc. Other types of special damages include damage to the victim’s vehicle/personal items and the victim’s lost wages if she or he is unable to resume work right away after the injury occurs.
- General damages: General damages is compensation designed to recognize the victim’s pain and suffering related to the injury. The amount of general damages you may receive might cover such things as anxiety/depression, physical impairment or disfigurement, a diminished quality of life, long-term or permanent disability, pain and suffering related to the loss of a loved one, and more.
- Punitive damages: When personal injuries are caused by someone else’s malice, misconduct or fraud, punitive damages may also be available. Punitive damages are designed to hold the responsible party accountable for his or her actions.