If you are injured in an accident that was not your fault, you may be able to receive financial compensation to help you cover your costs and get your life back on track. An accident can cause excessive medical expenses, reduced ability to earn income, property damage, pain and suffering, and other losses. If someone else’s irresponsible or negligent behavior caused your accident, you may be able to hold them liable for your damages with the help of an Iowa personal injury lawyer.
What Are Compensatory Damages?
Compensatory damages are awarded in order to compensate the victim for their losses and injuries caused by another person’s negligent behavior. There are two types of compensatory damages:
- General damages. These damages give victims financial relief to compensate for the non-financial aspects of injuries, including pain and suffering, the loss of a loved one, lacking the ability to live the way you did before the accident, or the loss of reputation. These can also include the loss of the ability to enjoy life, called hedonic damages.
- Special damages. Special damages allow victims to seek compensation from quantifiable financial losses, such as medical costs, lost wages, property loss, cost of rental cars, and the cost of additional or special services.
Compensatory damages cannot fully make up for a new disability, the loss of a loved one, or other painful aftermath of an accident. However, they can at least help you avoid suffering long-term financial complications in addition to your injuries.
If you or a loved one has suffered from an injury because of the careless behavior of another person or party, you may be eligible for compensatory damages, as well as other types of damages. To learn more, contact an Iowa personal injury lawyer of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 today.