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Car accident victims/survivors can claim compensatory and punitive damages after suffering injuries or losses. Compensatory damages fall into two categories:
- Economic damages, which are bills and expenses that resulted from the accident and have a clear cost. For example, economic damages can include (but are not limited to) current and future medical bills, physical therapy bills, the cost of a home health care aide, property damage expenses, and loss of wages.
- Non-economic damages, which are losses that result from the accident but don’t exactly have out-of-pocket costs associated with them. For example, non-economic damages can include (but are not limited to) pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of consortium, and loss of quality of life.
While compensatory damages aim to compensate you for your losses, punitive damages are awarded to punish the defendant for gross negligence or recklessness. Under Florida law, punitive damages have a cap of $500,000 or three times the amount of compensatory damages you are awarded (whichever amount is higher).
Punitive damages are not awarded in every case; you should consult with your attorney because they can advise you on whether punitive damages can and should be pursued in your case.
If you are involved in a car accident, you can suffer from a number of injuries that range in severity. The type and severity of injuries sustained depend on the circumstances of the accident. Common injuries suffered by car accident victims are:
- Back injuries (i.e. herniated discs, vertebrae fractures, etc.)
- Broken bones and fractures
- Facial lacerations and bruises
- Internal injuries (i.e. damage to internal organs, internal bleeding, etc.)
- Knee bruises and fractures
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Road rash, lacerations, and bruises
- Spinal cord injuries (and paralysis)
- Traumatic brain injuries (i.e. concussions, intracranial hematomas, etc.)
- Whiplash or other neck injuries (i.e. cervical dislocation, disk injury, etc.)
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