Back injuries are a common type of injury that comes from a car accident. Victims who suffer these types of injuries may wonder what they can be compensated for if they were not at fault for the crash thatled to the injuries.
The compensation a person can expect is tied to the severity of the injury and the impact it had on the victim’s life. Some damages are compensatory and are intended to rightthe financial wrongs done by the injury. These damages are somewhat easily calculable because they include things such as medical bills, the cost of future medical care, and lost wages orincome that resulted from the injury.
The other type of compensatory damages is referred to as non-economic. Even if a defendant were to pay all a person’s economic losses resulting from the accident, the victim still endured pain, suffering, and stress as a result of the injuries that they suffered. Emotional distress is a form of loss that the law considers as well. Loss of consortium means damages are also available to a family of a victim because the victim’s family has been impacted and hurt by the loss of the love and companionship they received from the victim.
Finally, in some cases, punitive damage can be awarded. Punitive damages are the exception to the rule and are only awarded in cases where the defendant’s conduct was particularly egregious. This category of damages is a way to punish a defendant for the defendant’s wrongful acts. While punitive damages are not often awarded, when they are awarded, they are often quite high.
Understanding the value of a claim can help advise a person’s settlement negotiations.
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