How Are Damages Calculated?
Calculating Damages in Personal Injury Cases
Injury cases can vary widely in terms of the types of compensation that Massachusetts injury attorneys may be able to seek on your behalf. Essentially the amount and type of compensation available will be based on the extent of the damages you suffered, and most damages awarded in personal injury cases are compensatory. That is, the damages are designed to compensate you for the harm you suffered. Compensation may include:
- Paying off medical bills including past, present and, if necessary, future medical care
- Replacing lost income or loss of earning capacity if you are permanently injured or disabled
- Fixing damaged property and compensating for loss of use while the property is being repaired or replaced
- Helping to ease pain and suffering caused by bodily injury
- Compensation for pain and suffering as a result of the wrongful death of a family member
It is relatively easy to determine damages based on medical bills and lost earnings because those are based on “hard” numbers that can easily be calculated. Conversely, it can be very difficult to quantify damages such as mental and emotional suffering, loss of consortium, or diminished quality of life. At The Law Office of Alan Segal, our Massachusetts injury attorneys have years of experience fighting for all of the compensation our clients are entitled to.
Our Massachusetts injury attorneys are compassionate and empathetic. We understand that money can never replace a lost loved one or fully compensate for a serious injury but we will do everything in our power to make sure you are compensated fully — within the limits of the law — and that the defendant is deterred from ever causing the same type of harm to another person.
Can I Receive Punitive Damages?
Punitive damages are intended to punish a defendant who engaged in truly outrageous conduct. The purpose of punitive damages is to make the defendant pay for their harm and be deterred from committing the same act again. Punitive damages are much less common than compensatory damages, and there are usually caps on the amount of punishment a judge or jury can award. A Boston personal injury lawyer can help you determine if punitive damages are available in your case.
Contact Massachusetts Injury Attorneys
If you were injured and have questions about the types of compensation available to you, we are here to answer your questions. Our Massachusetts injury attorneys are happy to speak with you and provide personal injury consultations. Call The Law Office of Alan H. Segal today at (339) 499-9099.