When you have been involved in a car wreck in Georgia, you are likely to be facing a variety of different expenses and losses. The extent of these damages depends upon on the seriousness of the collision in which you have been involved, as well as the seriousness of your injuries and property damage. Here are some common types of personal injury damage claims that may arise out of a typical Georgia vehicle accident.
Compensatory damages are the most common type of damages that stem from a car crash. There are two different types of compensatory damages:
- Special Damages – These types of claims relate to very specific monetary losses that an individual has suffered as a direct result of a car wreck. Special damages may include property damage to your vehicle, lost wages and earnings due to your inability to work for a certain time period after the accident, medical bills resulting from injuries, and future medical care that may be necessary due to your injuries.
- General Damages – These types of claims are not limited to a specific monetary loss. Rather, these damages are compensation for difficult-to-quantify losses that resulted from the wreck, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, physical disfigurement, or a permanent disability that hinders your ability to continue to work.
Other types of claims in a personal injury case may vary, but include a loss of consortium claim by the injured person’s spouse, and punitive damages in some cases. Punitive damages are limited to those situations in which an individual who caused the accident: (a) did so intentionally or (b) acted so recklessly that it can be inferred that the wrongdoer knew of the risk of causing an injury, but simply did not care.
If you have been injured in an automobile crash or any kind of vehicle accident, Georgia personal injury attorney Frank Harris knows how to help you with your potential insurance claims and personal injury case. Call our office now at (770) 499-7989 and let us investigate your situation, explore your options, and begin building a strong case on your behalf.