When filing a personal injury claim, a key step of the process is determining
the range of damages that you may be entitled to. Depending on the severity
of your injuries, you may be eligible to recover more than you think.
This blog can give you a ballpark estimate of what to expect, though consulting
with a New York personal injury attorney will always provide you a more
Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP today to get started.
What Compensatory Damages Can I Be Awarded?
The first category of damages you could recover are compensatory damages.
As their name would suggest, these are intended to compensate the injured
party for what they lost. The purpose of compensatory damages is to make
the plaintiff “whole” again, at least from a monetary standpoint.
Compensatory damages can be recovered for:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Medical expenses
- Wages lost during recovery
- Loss of employment due to debilitation
- Damaged property
While losses tied to medical expenses and wages can easily be calculated,
other damages are more ambiguous. Quantifying less obvious losses can
be tricky, as putting a dollar amount on something like pain and suffering
is subjective and has no definitive answer. These are established on a
case by case basis, with many lawyers using a multiplier system to determine
the value of intangible losses.
On top of compensation, a second type of damages exists in the form of
punitive damages. Punitive damages are meant to punish particularly egregious
or negligent defendants for their actions. It is not uncommon for some
cases to have punitive damages totaling tens of millions of dollars, leading
several states to place caps on their total eligible amounts. To determine
a reasonable amount that you believe you should receive after your accident
or injury, consult closely with your attorney.
Have You Been Injured? Contact a New York City Personal Injury Lawyer Today!
If you have been seriously hurt due to the negligence of another party,
it is imperative that you contact Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan
LLP immediately. We can seek to recover damages on your behalf and help
you get your life back on track. Nobody should have to live with the consequences
of a careless person’s actions, and we are ready to fight to ensure
your rights are upheld.
Call our New York office at (646) 461-4009 to discuss the details of your injury.