Types Of Damages Available To Georgia Car Accident Victims: Part Two
Monetary damages cannot reverse the pain of a car accident, but they at least can provide an element of financial relief. In part one of this series, we explored the differences between compensatory and punitive damages. Today, we will take a closer look at the various forms of compensatory.
Depending on the extent of the injuries related to the accident, medical expenses can pile up quickly. In addition to covering hospital bills, compensatory damages may provide money for rehabilitative care (e.g. physical therapy, prosthetics, ongoing chiropractic, etc.), which could be required months, even years after the accident.
Pain and Suffering
Often referred to as general damages, pain and suffering awards are challenging to calculate. Some juries use “multipliers,” in which multiples of the individual’s lost earnings and medical bills are calculated. For example, the victim’s pain and suffering may be valued at three times the total medical and wage-based damages.
Loss of Wages
The medical issues stemming from a car accident may make it impossible for the victim to return to work; or they may substantially reduce what type of work the individual can perform or for how long. As a result of this limited capacity, the person might have to abandon billable hours as well as give up pursuing new projects that could lead to future business.
If you have been involved in a Georgia car accident, please reach out to Smith, Wallis & Scott, LLP for a private, strategic case evaluation. Our team can assess what happened in your crash and come up with a battle plan to get you fully and fairly compensated.