Damages Available To Personal Injury Victims
When you suffer an injury resulting from another’s reckless or negligent behavior, you may be able to recover compensation through a personal injury claim. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may be eligible to recover economic, noneconomic and punitive damages.
At The Cody Law Group, our attorneys understand that recovery cannot change what happened to you or a loved one, but a monetary award can help alleviate financial stress resulting from the injury. Our firm has over 60 years of experience devoted to helping accident victims get the personal injury compensation they deserve. We represent clients in the Twin Cities and statewide.
Compensatory damages include both economic and noneconomic damages. These damages are meant to compensate the victim for the losses they experienced because of the injury. Essentially, compensatory damages attempt to assign a monetary value to your losses. Common compensatory damages include payment for:
- Medical expenses: These encompass a wide array of treatments for your injury such as medical bills, surgery, dental repair, chiropractic treatment, prescription medication and travel expenses incurred while traveling for medical care.
- Lost wages: Payment for lost wages can include past wages and compensation for a loss of earning capacity.
- Pain and suffering: Compensation for pain and suffering can consist of payment for the pain you suffered during and shortly after an accident. You may also be entitled to payment for ongoing pain related to the accident.
- Loss of enjoyment: Payment awarded when an injury prevents you from enjoying your former hobbies or day-to-day activities.
- Loss of consortium: Damages awarded to you or your loved ones to compensate for lost companionship or intimacy.
If you were injured because of someone’s exceptionally careless or reckless behavior, you may be eligible for punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended to punish the liable party and act as a deterrent for future misconduct. Minnesota has a specialized process for claiming punitive damages.