Types of Personal Injury Damages

For accident victims, their primary concern is often how much they will receive in damages. There are a few types of personal injury damages to which an accident victim may be entitled, and the types of damages available to the victim will vary from case to case. Robert B. Sykes & Associates, P.C. are Salt Lake City injury lawyers who can help you determine which types of personal injury damages may you may be able to receive for your claim.

Compensatory Damages

The most common type of damages awarded in personal injury cases are compensatory damages. Compensatory damages are intended to make up for the financial and physical losses suffered by an injury victim. Below are just some of the types of compensatory damages that an injury victim may receive:

  • Medical bills

  • Lost wages

  • Property damage

  • Pain and suffering

  • Emotional distress

  • Loss of consortium

  • Lost opportunities

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages are awarded in personal injury cases as a way to punish the defendant for especially egregious conduct in causing the accident and resulting injury. This type of damages is typically only awarded in cases involving gross negligence or reckless conduct on the part of the defendant. The real goal of punitive damages is to hit a defendant where it hurts – the pocketbook – in order to deter similar conduct in the future. Many states have set a cap on punitive damage awards in certain types of personal injury claims, such as medical malpractice cases.

Nominal Damages

Nominal damages are awarded in cases where the judge or jury finds that the victim was wronged by the defendant's behavior, but does not believe that the injury warrants any monetary compensation. Nominal damages are usually very small dollar amounts that are intended to acknowledge wrongdoing by the defendant in cases where the victim didn't suffer any quantifiable losses.

Court Costs

In some cases, the jury will order the defendant to pay the plaintiff's court costs, which may include the cost of filing fees, process server fees, deposition transcripts, court transcriptions, and translators' fees.

Robert B. Sykes & Associates, P.C. is a law firm based in Salt Lake City, Utah, that serves clients in Ogden, Orem, Provo, Tooele, Logan, St. George and throughout Davis, Weber, Morgan and Salt Lake Counties. Call 801-533-0222 to learn more about the types of personal injury damages you may be entitled to receive, or fill out our free case review form to be contacted by an attorney from our firm.