Car accidents can be very serious, resulting in major injuries and even death. Given how life-changing and life-altering these kinds of accidents can be, it's imperative that victims of accidents speak with our Melbourne personal injury attorneys. By speaking with legal professionals and pursuing a civil case, damages can be collected in order to cover losses and punish those responsible.
Many people do not have a solid understanding of what damages are and how they work. That's why we'd like to look at them in brief right now. This should give you a better understanding about what is sought and at stake in a civil lawsuit.
What are damages?
Damages refer to monies that are sought in order to cover damage to property, pain and suffering, and other losses. Damages are also meant to sanction the party responsible for the accident. When seeking damages on your behalf, our team of Central Florida personal injury lawyers will take into account all of the circumstances of the accident and the available evidence.
Damages come in two forms: compensatory damages and punitive damages.
What are compensatory damages?
Compensatory damages are meant to provide a client with monies for actual losses. This can mean compensation to cover:
- Damage to property
- Medical bills
- Physical rehabilitation
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
An Example of Compensatory Damages
If a person is seriously injured in an auto accident and his car is severely damaged, that person can seek compensatory damages against the negligent party in order to cover the cost of medical treatment as well as the cost to repair or replace the vehicle.
What are punitive damages?
Punitive damages are sought in order to punish the negligent party for their irresponsible actions with the intent of deterring/preventing similar negligent actions in the future. Our Melbourne auto accident attorneys will seek punitive damages commensurate with the gravity of the accident.
An Example of Punitive Damages
In drunk driving auto accidents, punitive damages are sometimes sought in order to deter the driver from driving under the influence again in the future. Or if an auto manufacturer's negligent design of tires contributed to a car accident, the auto manufacturer may be punished so that they do not make shoddy tires again later on and/or issue recalls in a timelier fashion.
Damages for Fatal Auto Accidents
In cases in which a motorist is killed during an auto accident, he or she will obviously not be able to receive compensation. In a wrongful death lawsuit, the compensation will be sought by the family or loved ones of the deceased. Compensatory damages for medical bills and damage to property will be sought, as will punitive damages. Also sought will be compensation for:
- Funerary costs
- Cost of grief counseling services
- Emotional pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of future wages
Learn More About Your Rights in Personal Injury Lawsuits
For more information about all of your legal options, be sure to contact our Central Florida personal injury lawyers today. With offices in Titusville, Cocoa, and Melbourne, we can help accident victims throughout the state in their time of legal need. We will be here for you with sound advice and will serve as strong advocates for your side.