When you have been in an accident and have been injured, figuring out how much your case is worth comes down to damages.
Damages in a personal injury lawsuit means the amount of money that is paid to the injured person by the person or company that is legally responsible. The person or company that you may be seeking payment from is the defendant or their insurance company.
There are two types of damages in a personal injury case. The first one is called compensatory damages. In other words, compensatory damages compensate the injured person (or plaintiff) for their losses caused by the accident or injury. This includes the cost of medical treatment, income loss, property loss, pain and suffering, emotional destress, loss of enjoyment, and loss of consortium.
The other type of damages is called punitive. Punitive damages are awarded to plaintiffs to punish the conduct and act as a deterrent to the conduct which caused injury to the plaintiff.