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Personal Injury Claims Part 3: Damages

There are several types of compensation that can result from a personal injury case: special damages, general damages, and sometimes punitive damages. Special damages include specific costs or expenses you incurred because of the injuries sustained. These costs typically include all medical expenses, future medical care, and lost wages (past and future).

General damages are sometimes more difficult to calculate. These losses can include pain and suffering, permanent disability or disfigurement, diminished quality of life, mental distress, and emotional trauma.

Punitive damages, although rare, are only given when the wrongdoer’s actions are extremely egregious. punitive damages are not awarded to compensate the injured party. Rather, they serve to punish the wrongdoer and act as a deterrent for the wrongdoer and others that act in a similar manner.

Can you file a claim with the insurance adjuster, negotiate the claim, and obtain damages by yourself? Sure, but should you? Stay tuned for Part 4!


Before founding Miller, Westwood, & Brush, attorney Michael Brush gained valuable experience defending insurance companies against personal injury cases. This unique experience gives Mr. Brush greater success taking on the greedy insurance companies and fighting for equitable compensation for his clients. The lawyers at MWB have recovered millions of dollars for clients who have been injured because of someone else’s negligence. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident or any other wrongdoing at the hands of another person or entity, please call now to schedule a free consultation.

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