Georgia Car Accidents 101: Types Of Damages Available To Georgia Car Accident Victims

In general, there are 2 types of damages potentially available for Georgia car accident victims.

Compensatory Damages

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.

Punitive Damages

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.

If you have been injured in an automobile accident, contact Smith, Wallis & Scott at 770-214-2500 to learn more about potential damages available to you, or visit us at www.swslawfirm.com.