The word “compensate” means “balance or make up for”. Compensatory damages, therefore, are meant to make up for an injury sustained by an individual. Compensatory damages reimburse an individual for funds paid out-of-pocket for medical treatments, lost wages, substitute transportation, property replacement or repair, and rehabilitation. An accident victim can also sue for general damages, which include estimates of loss not involving actual money spent. Those damages may include mental anguish, disfigurement, future medical expenses, future lost wages, long-term pain and suffering, and loss of consortium.
Punitive damages are meant to punish a defendant for acts of gross negligence or intentional misconduct that cause personal injury to the plaintiff. They are not calculated by the extent of the actual injury, but rather are meant to prevent the defendant or others in similar situations from allowing or causing the same sort of accident to happen in the future. For example, if a person intentionally runs an automobile into a pedestrian, punitive damages may be appropriate.
Court Costs and Attorney’s Fees
If a personal injury case is settled in favor of the plaintiff, he or she may also recover some of the expenses of taking the case to court. These court costs would include filing and process server fees. There are some instances in which a plaintiff may also be able to recover attorney and expert witness fees, but this is not as common.
If you or a loved one is in need of legal assistance, call Ray Hodge & Associates at (316)269-1414. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if we recover money on your behalf. In many cases, a lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. Please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your rights.
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