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What Damages Can I Pursue in a Personal Injury Case?

personal injury lawyer EscondidoWhile accidents happen every day, it doesn’t lessen or mitigate the pain, suffering, or loss you may be experiencing. If you’ve been in an accident, personal injury damages are awarded to cover the costs of your injuries and, if the court decides, to punish a particularly careless defendant.

Our personal injury lawyer in Escondido, Zev Rubinstein, has dealt with thousands of injury cases throughout his career, and can help you build your best case.

Compensatory damages are those that seek to compensate you for what was lost or what it would take to make you “whole” again, insofar as a monetary award can do so. Some of these are easy to put a dollar amount on, but others are harder to quantify. Common compensatory damages include:

  • Medical bills and rehabilitation treatment
  • Pain and suffering, as well as emotional distress
  • Loss of income and capacity of earning
  • Loss of property
  • Loss of extremities
  • Loss of relationships, such as a spouse or child, or the ability to have children
  • Loss of enjoyment, such as not being able to pursue hobbies or recreation

Punitive damages, on the other hand, are those that seek to punish a defendant the court feels has been especially negligent. Sometimes these damages are awarded in an attempt to deter the defendant and others from allowing such an accident to happen again. Since punitive damages, in addition to the compensatory damages, can reach millions of dollars, most states have a cap on the amount that can be awarded in a person injury case.

Experienced and compassionate personal injury lawyers can help you navigate the intricacies of personal injury law and help get you the right damages. If you’re looking for a personal injury lawyer in the Escondido area, contact Zev Rubinstein today at (855) 365-9955 for a consultation. The Rubinstein Law Group represents clients from Carlsbad and San Marcos, California.