Compensatory Damages

When courts award monetary compensation to victims of negligence or assault, they may grant plaintiffs different amounts for different losses they have suffered. These amounts are also known as compensatory damages. For example, a plaintiff may be awarded damages for disability, property repairs, and emotional suffering after an accident. Damages are usually divided into two basic categories: special and general.

The kind of damages you can win for an injury will depend on the details of your circumstances. If you have been hurt by another person’s or entity’s actions, our Phoenix personal injury lawyer can help you decide on the steps to take next. Call the offices of Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally, P.L.C. at 800-763-0964.

Special versus General Damages

The purpose of ordering a defendant to pay compensatory damages is to restore the plaintiff to the lifestyle he or she had before the injury. Special damages are meant to repay the plaintiff for concrete, measureable losses such as:

  • Lost income due to missed work
  • Medical bills
  • Property repairs

General damages compensate plaintiffs for more abstract losses. These losses are hard to measure, and receiving general damages for an injury can be difficult. Some examples of general damages include:

  • Mental anguish
  • Physical suffering
  • Reduced quality of life

When a person or organization causes needless suffering to an innocent person, it is only fair to repay that person for the losses he or she has experienced. Our Phoenix compensatory damages attorneys can advise you on the kinds of damages for which you may be eligible.

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No one should have to live with financial or medical losses because of someone else’s behavior. At the offices of Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally, we strongly believe in righting the wrongs caused by reckless and dangerous behavior. Contact our Phoenix personal injury lawyers at 800-763-0964.

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