Every personal injury case is unique, and each is valued as such. When you are injured in Pensacola and file a personal injury lawsuit, a judge will determine the types and amount of damages you are entitled to. These typically include compensatory and punitive damages, although punitive damages are reserved for exceptional cases and are not paid to the victim. The exact amount of compensation you receive will be based upon a number of factors.
Compensatory damages are those that are awarded to remedy a financial loss. For example, if you are injured and require medical care, damages will be awarded to compensate you for those bills. Compensatory damages may be awarded for lost wages and payments necessary to repair or replace property as well. Compensation may also be awarded by a judge for loss of consortium, pain and suffering and the loss of enjoyment of life.
When determining how much to award a victim, a judge will use bills and receipts to the extent possible. When this type of proof of payment is not immediately available, a judge will utilize their discretion in awarding compensation. Punitive damages may be awarded as a way to “punish” the defendant or as a way to deter the defendant from making the same mistake again. They are paid directly to the court.
If you have been injured in Pensacola, an experienced personal injury attorney can offer assistance in determining the types and amounts of damages you are entitled to. Reach out to our team today to schedule a free case evaluation.