Damages and Compensation in a Personal Injury Lawsuit
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 1:25PM
Admin in David B. Bobrosky, PI damages, Personal Injury, injury compensation

Injury AttorneyInjury Attorney Los Angeles 


by David B. Bobrosky
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I speak to many potential clients on a weekly basis, many of whom have suffered a car accident injury. The most common questions I hear are “what am I entitled to if I have been injured in an accident?” or “what is the driver responsible to pay after a car accident?”  

In this post, I am going to explain the compensatory damages available to you if you have been involved in a car accident.  

Compensation for InjuryWe commonly group the types of damages into two classes: 

  1. Economic Damages
  2. Non-Economic Damages


Economic Damage Compensation


These damages are what we typically call “out of pocket” expenses. The most common types of personal injury damages in this class include: 

Pain and Suffering: Non-Economic Damage Claims


Wrongful Death LawyerThese damages are what we typically call “general damages.”  They are known by most people as damages for “pain and suffering.” 

Non-economic damages most often include compensation for: 

Non-economic damages are often the biggest damages in a case. If you’ve been burned by a defective product or attacked by a dog, the medical expenses may not be astronomical because such injuries do not typically require future medical care. 

However, the general damages for the disfigurement and emotional distress from the permanent scarring for the rest of your life will be significant. 

Likewise, if you are catastrophically injured or if a loved one is killed in an accident, the non-economic damages for your loss of enjoyment of life and grief over your loss will be the major part of your personal injury settlement, or claim at trial. 

The claims discussed above are not an exhaustive list of the damages available in every case, but they are the most typical. And certainly, not all of these damages apply to every personal injury case. But this should give you a good idea of what’s available to recover if you are unfortunately injured by the negligence of someone else. 

David B. Bobrosky is an Accident Injury Attorney in our Personal Injury Practice Group. You can reach him via e-mail: dbobrosky@lewitthackman.com, or by calling 818.990.2120.


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