In general, there are 2 types of damages potentially available for Georgia car accident victims.
Sometimes referred to as actual damages, compensatory damages reimburse victims for financial and emotional harm inflicted by the crash. Examples of this include payment for lost wages, accrued medical bills, as well as pain and suffering.
As the name indicates, punitive damages are designed to punish the responsible person or other party, such as a negligent trucking company that hired a driver with a checkered driving history, who then rammed your car with his 18 wheeler. These type of damages are rare and are generally reserved for cases involving malice or gross negligence.