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Types of Damages

Posted on April 21st, 2009 No Comments

In a personal injury or negligence lawsuit, the goal is typically to recover some form of damages from the defendant, possibly for medical expenses, property damage, or otherwise. The damages requested must be reasonable and realistic, and appropriate to the injury sustained. There are three categories of damages that are typically considered in a personal injury lawsuit.

Compensatory Damages

Compensatory damages are those that directly compensate the plaintiff for the expenses and losses related to an injury. There are two major types of compensatory damages.

•    Special Damages: These are specific, tangible damages that can be quantified. Property damages, medical expenses, lost wages, and other similar types of costs are all special damages.
•    General Damages: General damages include those which are intangible and subjective. Often the subject of significant controversy, rewards for damages such as “pain and suffering” are considered general damages, and the amount may differ considerably from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages are those damages that are not meant as compensation for an injury or an expense, but, as the name implies, to punish whoever is responsible for the injury. In the case of many large corporations, they would likely not feel the effect of a few thousand dollars worth of medical expenses, and thus may consider such losses an acceptable “cost of doing business”, and punitive damages are a recourse against this line of thought.

If you have been injured as a result of someone else's negligence, contact Cincinnati personal injury lawyer Shawn M. Stepleton at 513-321-7733,

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