What Types of Damages are Available in a Personal Injury Case?

When you are injured in a traffic accident or another type of incident caused by the negligence of another person, you may be entitled to compensation for any losses related to your injuries. This compensation in the context of a personal injury claim is referred to as damages. There are a number of types of damages that may be available to you under Wisconsin law.

The most common type of damages is compensatory damages. These are damages that compensate you for financial losses that you have a result of your injuries. For example, if you had to be off work for six weeks in order to recover from your injuries, then you may have lost your wages or salary for those six weeks. If this is the case, then you might be entitled to compensatory damages in the amount of your lost wages. Another very common type of compensatory damages is payment for the medical bills that you have incurred as a result of your injuries. Medical bills might include the costs of reasonable and necessary emergency transportation services, hospitalization, emergency room charges, surgery expenses, tests, medication, rehabilitation, and post-surgical care. Compensatory damages are based dollar for dollar on the expenses directly related to your injuries.

Pain and suffering is another common type of damages that an injured person might seek in a personal injury case. Unlike compensatory damages, pain and suffering is not measured in dollar for dollar expenses. Rather, they are based on the degree of pain and suffering that you or a loved one endured as a result of the accident. When you experience trauma as a result of an accident, or a spouse loses your companionship for a period of time due to an accident, you may be entitled to a certain amount of damages.

We are the Wisconsin traffic accident lawyers to whom you always can turn if you or your loved one suffers serious injuries in a traffic accident. No matter how complex or difficult your situation may be, the Madison injury attorneys of Boller & Vaughan are here to advocate on behalf of you and your family and hold negligent drivers responsible for any injuries that have occurred.