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Recovering Compensatory Damages for Personal Injuries

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compensatory damages, special damages, Illinois personal injury attorneysThe road to physical recovery after an injury can be very difficult. It can be even more challenging if your injuries were the result of another party's actions or negligence. Whether you were injured in an auto accident, a slip and fall, or by a defective product, you have the right to collect compensation from those responsible for your injuries. A qualified personal injury lawyer is equipped to help you understand your options and how best to proceed with your case.

Compensatory Damages

Most personal injury lawsuits seek damages on a compensatory basis, although punitive damages may also be possible. Compensatory damages are designed to make the injured party financially whole again, as well as providing financial considerations for the intangible effects of the injuries. Recovery of compensatory damages is frequently divided into two separate categories, and if you have been hurt, you may pursue compensation under both.

Special Damages

In personal injury law, special damages refer to recovery for quantifiable financial losses due to the injury. Sometimes known as economic damages, special damages generally include compensation for:

  • Medical care and treatment: You may be entitled to collect reimbursement for care already received, and payments for future anticipated care;
  • Lost wages: Injury victims are often unable to work through no fault of their own. The party responsible for your injuries may be liable to cover the wages lost due to his or her actions or negligence;
  • Lost earning capacity: Similar to lost wages, you may receive compensation for the impact your injuries have on your ability to earn wages in the future. Your ability to provide for your family may be reduced, and special damages can help compensate for that; and
  • Property damage: The liable party is responsible for costs associated with repairing or replacing your vehicle, in the case of an auto accident, or any other property damage caused.

General Damages

Beyond the financial considerations of special damages, compensation for general damages is also possible. Determining the value of general damages, or noneconomic damages, is more difficult, however, as establishing a dollar amount for subjective concepts can be very challenging. General damages regularly include:

  • Pain and suffering, including physical and emotional hardships of the injury and the recovery process;
  • Loss of consortium, which includes the effect of the injuries on your marital relationship;
  • Mental and emotional distress, including psychological trauma and depression which can greatly affect your life; and;
  • Scarring and disfigurement.

If you have been injured in any type of accident and would like to know more about the recovery options that may be available to you, contact an experienced personal injury attorney in Joliet today. At the Law Offices of Cosmo Tedone and Barbara Morton, P.C., we are prepared to fight to protect your rights and to help you get the compensation you deserve.

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