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Damages refer to monetary compensation awarded to a plaintiff in a civil lawsuit or personal injury claim. Damages are the amount of money awarded by a court to compensate an accident victim for their loss or injury caused by the defendant's actions. There are different types of damages available, each type serving a specific purpose.
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    What Types of Compensation are Accident Victims Entitled to?

    The damages a plaintiff is eligible to pursue will depend on the specific facts of their case.

    Damages can include:

    Compensatory damages

    Compensatory damages (actual damages) reimburse the plaintiff for losses incurred. These damages make the plaintiff financially whole, covering their financial expenses and other measurable harms.

    Special damages of duty

    Special damages are a subset of actual damages. These damages are awarded to compensate the plaintiff for specific financial losses that can be quantified, such as medical bills or any other out-of-pocket costs directly resulting from the harm suffered.

    General damages

    General damages are non-economic damages that cannot be easily quantified. These non-economic damages compensate the plaintiff for subjective losses, such as:

    • Pain and suffering
    • Emotional distress
    • Mental anguish
    • Loss of enjoyment of life

    Unlike special damages, general damages are more subjective and vary depending on the circumstances of a case.

    Punitive damages

    Exemplary damages are different from compensatory damages. These damages are not awarded to compensate the plaintiff for their losses but to punish the defendant for their wrongful actions, deterring similar conduct in the future. These damages are reserved for cases involving intentional wrongdoing or gross negligence


    How Does an Attorney Prove the Measure of damages?

    To prove damages in an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit, a personal injury lawyer must provide evidence and establish a connection between the defendant's actions and the harm suffered.

    This evidence can include:

    • Photos
    • Medical records
    • Witness statements
    • Expert testimony

    And other relevant documents.

    An attorney will also present evidence to establish the plaintiff's pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other non-economic damages.


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    If you were injured in an accident that was caused by the negligence of another person or entity, you should contact a personal injury lawyer at MVP Accident Attorneys as soon as possible.

    At MVP Accident Attorneys, we offer free, no-obligation legal consultations. You can meet with an experienced attorney on our legal team to discuss your case and have your questions answered. If you decide to work with us, we will conduct an investigation and build the strongest case possible to help you recover maximum compensation for your losses. Contact us today to learn more.


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