Personal injury law allows you to recover financially for losses due to someone else’s reckless or negligent behavior. The money, or compensation you recover, is known as damages. An experienced California lawyer can help you pursue damages after you’ve been injured in a car accident or any type of accident due to negligence.
At The Law Offices of Freeman & Freeman, our Santa Rosa personal injury attorneys have dedicated their careers to helping injury victims obtain compensation to make a meaningful difference in their lives. Call (707) 575-7141 for a free and confidential consultation. You may be eligible to recover compensation for any of the following losses if you’ve been injured:
- Medical costs
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of property
The above list is representative of the compensatory damages that can be received if a plaintiff is successful in his or her personal injury claim or lawsuit. Compensatory damages are issued for the specific purpose of compensating an injured plaintiff for any losses that they suffered as a result of their accident or injury. From a monetary standpoint, such damages are intended to make a person “whole” again, essentially putting a dollar amount on the consequences of the accident.
Compensatory damages can be easy or difficult to quantify depending on the nature of the accident and the circumstances involved. For example, it could be significantly easier to reimburse a plaintiff for damages to his or her property, or even for the medical expenses that were incurred as a result of the accident. Placing a monetary value on pain and suffering, however, can be a much more difficult task. Nonetheless, it is one that we are prepared to take on if we feel that our clients deserve to be compensated for the emotional distress that was caused to them.
What Are Punitive Damages?
In certain circumstances, a defendant’s behavior at the time of the accident may be deemed as particularly dangerous / careless, in which case a personal injury plaintiff can be awarded additional damages for their pain and suffering; these are referred to as punitive damages and they are awarded on top of any compensatory damages that are made in relation to the personal injury case at hand.
While punitive damages are technically awarded to the injured plaintiff, the actual intent behind them is to punish the defendant for his or her egregious conduct. Punitive damages are different from compensatory damages in that they fulfill the goal of punishing the defendant, whereas compensatory damages work toward the goal of making the plaintiff “whole” again after an accident.
CONTACT AN INJURY ATTORNEY IN SANTA ROSA, CA
A personal injury can be devastating, but doesn’t have to ruin your life. Take action. Contact a Santa Rosa personal injury lawyer. At The Law Offices of Freeman & Freeman, we can put our experience and resources to work for you. Call us at (707) 575-7141.