Jonathan P. Groth discusses how his law firm helps obtain justice for victims of personal injuries.
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Non-economic damages are often referred to as general damages and include pain and suffering, loss of companionship, inconvenience, and loss of consortium. General damages are usually available to those who suffer from long-term injuries sustained in an accident.
Punitive damages are only awarded to punish a defendant for grossly negligent or intentional actions. A drunk driver that causes an accident might have to pay punitive damages. Someone who kidnaps you with an intent to harm you might have to pay punitive damages in a civil lawsuit and any criminal penalties the criminal court might order.
Groth explained, “Your circumstances dictate what kind of damages you might collect in a personal injury lawsuit. Economic damages are often referred to as special ones, including those with a price attached. Special damages might include past and future medical costs, past and future lost wages, funeral and burial expenses, and replacement of personal property—including vehicles—damaged in the accident.”