When you file a personal injury case in the state of Wisconsin, your goal is to obtain compensation for your losses suffered as a result of the negligent actions of another person or entity. The types of compensation that are potentially available to you in a personal injury case are based on Wisconsin law. Probably the most commonly claimed type of damages is referred to as compensatory damages. This type of damages is designed to compensate you for the actual financial losses that you suffered as a result of your injuries. Compensatory damages might include compensation for wages or salary that you lost due to your injuries, as well as compensation for medical bills related to your injuries. These medical bills might include the costs of hospitalization, emergency transport, doctor’s visits, tests and lab work, and physical therapy.
Another type of damages that is potentially available in a personal injury case is pain and suffering. This type of damages is not measured in dollars like compensatory damages. The idea behind pain and suffering is to compensate you for the physical and mental trauma that you suffered as a result of your injuries. A related type of damages is loss of companionship or consortium, which simply refers to your inability to be intimate with or spend time with your spouse or family due to your injuries.
Finally, a personal injury case rarely involves a claim for punitive damages, but they can be relevant in some cases. These damages are reserved for the worst type of negligent, reckless, or intentional behavior that causes an incident that leads to your injuries.
As this post indicates, there are a number of types of damages available in a personal injury case, which may differ substantially depending on the details of your case. For more information about how to properly handle your personal injury claim, contact the Wisconsin personal injury lawyers of Boller & Vaughan today.