Damages are the legal term for the money awarded to a personal injury plaintiff in a personal injury lawsuit.
There are two main types of damages you may be entitled to.
Economic damages have a specific monetary value, such as medical bills, lost wages, or property damage.
Non-economic damages are more difficult to quantify financially. They include things like pain and suffering or emotional distress.
What Is Pain and Suffering?
Pain and suffering is a type of non-economic damage intended to compensate the victim for the physical and emotional pain and suffering caused by their injuries.
What Are Punitive Damages?
Punitive damages are intended to punish and discourage future misconduct and are only granted in the most egregious circumstances.