Types of Damages
It is a huge mistake to assume that any and all damages awarded by a court following a full trial are all for the same reasons. There are a number of areas or reasons for awarding damages for an injury caused by another’s negligence or intentional action designed to do harm.
The first type of damages that can be awarded is monetary. This type is designed to cover the losses and expenditures that were a result of the injury. The costs of car repairs, medical bills, or whatever money was spent to fix the damage caused by the actions of the defendant can all be lumped into this category.
In the event that the injuries to the plaintiff are permanent and have negatively impacted the earning capacity of this individual, the court or jury can also award damages to cover the wages that were expected prior to the injury. This is typically calculated using the current wages. If the person is still able to work, the wages from a new job are subtracted from the total expectation of wages that would have been earned in the individual’s former position.
A third type of damages can be awarded for pain and suffering. This set of damages has been criticized in recent years as being excessive since it is really hard to calculate how much pain and suffering has been experienced. On top of the difficulty calculating the amount of pain experienced, the amount of money to go with each unit of pain is difficult to determine as well.
Finally, a court may opt to award punitive damages. These damages may be awarded if the court feels that the actions of the defendant were particularly awful and wants to make an example of the individual. This is done in an effort to discourage future individuals from doing the same thing by attaching significant financial consequences to the act in question.
Contact an Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have been injured by a person’s negligent or intentional actions, contact an Indianapolis personal injury attorney from the Hankey Law Office at (800) 520-3633 to discuss your legal rights and options.