Learn about the different types of damages you may be entitled to in a personal injury claim, including compensatory, punitive, special, and collateral damages, and how they can help you recover from your injuries.

Types of Damages in a Personal Injury Claim

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

When injured due to someone else’s negligence, your health and recovery are paramount. That’s why you should know you have the right to file a claim for the damages you suffered.

This includes different types of damages depending on the nature of the case and state laws. Below, we’ll list the various classes of compensation you may be entitled to:

Compensatory Damages

This type of compensation is specifically intended to help you recover the economic losses you suffered due to your injuries. These may include past and future medical bills related to the accident, lost wages from being unable to work, rehabilitation costs, medication, and treatments, as well as property damages. Additionally, this category includes damages that are not easily quantifiable, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life.

Punitive Damages

In this case, the goal is not to compensate the victim but to punish the person responsible for the damages for particularly negligent or intentional conduct. To be awarded, it must be demonstrated that the person acted with malice or extreme negligence. This is done to set an example and deter both the defendant and others from behaving similarly in the future.

Special Damages

These damages do not fall into any of the above categories but still represent an economic loss for the victim. For example, medical transportation, future care costs, loss of future earning capacity, and other expenses related to the injuries.

Collateral Damages

This type of damage is not directly suffered by the victims but by individuals related to them. For example, in the event of a fatality, one can claim loss of financial support, caregiving expenses, and loss of companionship, among others.

When you experience an accident, it’s essential to know the available resources and the compensations you are entitled to help you recover from your injuries and prevent them from becoming too much of a financial burden.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.