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Compensation You might receive in a personal injury case

The Maryland government reported more than 108,000 auto accidents in 2021 involving property damage, personal injury and fatalities. In many injury or fatal accident situations, the parties find themselves in a courtroom.

When one person’s negligence leads to injuries to another, there is the right to seek compensation. There are different types of damages that can provide financial relief and acknowledge the pain experienced.

Economic damages

Economic damages are tangible losses, such as medical bills and property damage. If you have had to pay for medical treatment or repair something damaged in the incident, this type of compensation can help cover these expenses. It is essentially a way to restore what you lost due to the other person’s negligence.

Non-economic damages

Non-economic damages do not have a direct dollar amount tied to them. They relate to more personal struggles like pain, suffering and emotional distress. It is to provide for the effects on your mental health that would not have been an issue without the accident.

Punitive damages

In some cases, the court may award punitive damages. These are not about compensating for your losses. Instead, they are to punish the wrongdoer for particularly reckless actions. Punitive damages are less common and completely up to the court to award or not.

When seeking compensation, it is important to gather evidence. Documentation of medical bills, receipts and any records of the incident can strengthen your case. Understanding the types of damages available can help you better navigate the process and receive the compensation you deserve.

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