If you were hurt in a car collision, you probably have a strong personal injury claim against the individual responsible for the accident. This legal cause of action allows you to sue for negligence and ask for compensation from the at-fault party’s car insurer. There are two types of damages available to injured victims: compensatory and punitive. Here is an explanation into how they are different:
These damages are the ones most people associate with personal injury claims. Compensatory damages exist to put you back in the state you were in before you were injured. These funds can reimburse you for medical expenses, lost wages, and future medical care. Compensatory damages can also include a repayment for life-changing issues such as loss of consortium and pain and suffering. An experienced personal injury attorney an often help you calculate the true monetary cost of your injuries by tallying up future expenses and pain.
The other type of financial award is known as punitive damages. These are not intended to compensate for any specific loss, but aim to prevent future negligence by the defendant by forcing them to pay a harsh financial fine for the wrong they have caused you. At times, your attorney may ask the jury to award punitive damages for public policy and deterrence reasons to ensure that the at-fault party changes his or her actions forever. This compensation is less common in car accidents, but more frequent in cases involving large-scale corporate negligence.
No matter the severity of your personal injury claim, consulting with an experienced attorney will ensure that your case is not time-barred if you decide to file suit. If you or a loved one have been hurt in a car accident, contact the offices of McCready, Garcia & Leet P.C., at (773) 779-9885. Our Chicago office offers free personal injury consultations, so call today to schedule an appointment.