What Can You Recover in a Personal Injury Claim?

You have been injured, so what can you recover? Pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and other damages which are reasonably related and a foreseeable consequence of the negligent act or omission.

Compensatory damages are designed to compensate the victim, so that the victim is restored. These damages can include medical bills, lost wages, property damage and other losses. Emotional and psychological losses and loss of championship are damages which can be awarded and assigned a value.

Punitive damages are intended to punish the wrongdoer for negligent or reckless conduct. These damages are intended to create a consequence on the wrongdoer so that the conduct is not repeated. Many factors go into an award for exemplary damages, such as whether the at fault party’s actions were malicious, vindictive, or extremely reckless.

Georgia law recognizes that in some cases multiple parties are at fault, including the victim. Comparative negligence apportions fault, as a result damages can be reduced based upon the percentage fault assignable to the victim, or in the case of others, the portion of who pays what.

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