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Personal Injury Compensation

Personal Injury Compensation

Damages stemming from personal injuries usually fall under either compensatory damages or punitive damages. This latter type of damages are awarded at the discretion of the court when the acts of the defendant have been exceptionally hateful or blatant, and are usually added to the actual (compensatory) damages. As the name suggests, punitive damages are calculated to punish the defendant for the acts and to make others think twice before acting similarly.

Actual (compensatory) damages cover expenses due to the injury and pain and suffering caused by the injury. In some cases, relatives may also be able to recover damages. Compensatory damages can include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, impairments to the ability to work and earn wages, future medical bills stemming from the accident, mental anguish, and property damage.

Only an experienced personal injury attorney familiar with Idaho law can advise you on your specific case and situation. It’s important to be honest and open with your lawyer in order to maximize your potential damage recovery amounts.

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