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What Damages Might You Recover After Suffering an Injury?

A car accident, slip and fall or other mishap can cause serious bodily harm, resulting in significant economic costs and perhaps having a long-lasting impact on your quality of life. If another person was at fault, you may be entitled to recover money damages. The type and amount of damages available depend upon the nature and extent of the harm you have suffered as well as other factors.

Damages awarded in personal injury suits in Georgia may be compensatory and non-compensatory. As the name implies, compensatory damages are intended to reimburse you for the costs you incur. The person at fault for the injury-causing incident may be held responsible to pay you the following:

  • Medical expenses — These include bills for present and future services of doctors, hospitals and other health care providers.
  • Property damage — If you were in a motor vehicle accident, you may recover the costs of the loss or repair of your vehicle and of any other personal property damaged.
  • Other injury-related costs — You may be awarded compensation for the expenses of childcare and housekeeping while you’re recovering, transportation related to your medical or therapeutic care and any home modifications necessary due to your physical disability.
  • Lost income — If you have lost workdays due to the injury and are unable to return to work, either temporarily or permanently, you may seek compensation for your lost income. The calculation of lost income will depend upon what type of work you do and how your ability to perform it is affected by your injury.

Compensatory damages are not limited to reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses. You may also receive money based on your pain and suffering. This category of damages includes both the physical and the emotional consequences of the injury. Juries consider expert testimony and other special forms of evidence to decide how much a plaintiff’s pain and suffering is worth.

Non-compensatory damages are meant to punish a defendant for actions that go beyond mere negligence and to deter others from engaging in similar conduct. In Georgia, these damages — also known as punitive or exemplary damages — are available only in cases where the defendant acted with conscious indifference to the harm they might cause. This may include willful or wanton misconduct, malice, fraud or oppression. Punitive damages in Georgia are capped at $250,000 except for limited circumstances, such as when the defendant was under the influence of alcohol or an illicit drug.

An experienced Georgia personal injury attorney can advise you about what damages may be available in your situation.

The legal team at the Law Office of S. Mark Mitchell, LLC has extensive experience helping Georgia accident victims obtain the compensation they deserve. Call our Newnan office to schedule an appointment at {PHONE} or contact us online.