When you’ve been injured due to the negligence of another, you may be entitled to a claim for personal injury damages. Damages in a personal injury case break down to both compensatory damages and punitive damages. Compensatory damages are the damages that make you whole again and put you in the same place you were before the accident happened. Compensatory damages can be further divided into economic damages (also known as “specific damages”) and noneconomic damages (also known as “general damages”).
- Economic damages include damages that you can quantify and attach a specific value to. This includes costs of medical treatment and funeral expenses, past lost income, future lost income, loss of future earning capacity, property loss, and other financial losses.
- Noneconomic damages are nonfinancial losses that include pain and suffering, inconvenience, physical impairment, mental anguish, disfigurement, loss of capacity of enjoyment of life and other non financial losses.
Requirements for punitive personal injury damages
Punitive damages are damages that aim to punish parties for the harm they caused. Certain requirements must be met in order for you to get punitive damages. The Florida Supreme Court stated that punitive damages are warranted when a defendant engages in conduct which is fraudulent, malicious, deliberately violent or oppressive, or committed with such gross negligence as to indicate a wanton disregard for the rights of others.
If you’ve been injured due to the negligence of another you may be entitled to compensation. Call ERIC MAUSNER LAW, P.A. and tell us about it so we can provide you with the right guidance. Our consultations are free. Call our personal injury and accident lawyers anytime – 305-800-TORT (8678).