After an auto accident, your life takes a sharp 180 degree turn. Suddenly, every day becomes dedicated to making a recovery from your injuries, repairing property damage, and paying medical bills. If your injury takes you out of work for a time, you may also begin feeling the effects of lost wages, which only makes everything more difficult.
Fortunately, Arizona’s legal system allows you to collect damages for your injuries even if you were partially to blame for your accident. Damages in personal injury cases like yours are typically broken into two categories, compensatory damages and punitive damages.
Compensatory Damages After an Arizona Auto Accident
Compensatory damages are meant to compensate you for what the accident has cost you, both financially and otherwise. Most commonly, people will recover compensatory damages to cover their medical bills and car repairs, but damages can be recovered for nearly everything that a monetary value can be attached to, including:
- Medical Bills that you have already incurred as well as the projected cost of future medical treatment for your injuries.
- Property damage repair and replacement costs.
- Lost wages from work that you missed or will miss, as well as any money you could have made in the future had you not been injured.
- Pain and suffering, as well as emotional distress such as PTSD, can be difficult to assign a specific monetary value, but you can be compensated for enduring pain and psychological effects of the accident.
Punitive Damages After a Car Wreck
Unlike compensatory damages that are meant to compensate the victim, punitive damages are meant to punish the negligent party. Though not as common in car accident injury claims, if the defendant’s actions were intentional or exceedingly reckless, punitive damages may be pursued. These damages have a “make them pay” intent to them, in order to deter the defendant—as well as anyone else—from acting in such a manner.
If you are looking to secure more than just the bare minimum compensation for your injuries, hiring an attorney can help you ensure that your case is presented in the best possible manner. The Arizona personal injury attorneys at Curry, Pearson & Wooten can help you get the compensation that you deserve—just call today at 602-258-1000 to schedule a free consultation.