Understanding Compensatory and Punitive Damages in Tampa Personal Injury Claims

flag and gavelIf your loved one is hurt or killed through someone’s negligence, it’s normal and natural to be extremely angry. However, you should not allow that anger to cloud your judgment when it comes to protecting your rights.

Understanding what kinds of compensation may be available for a given injury is an important part of protecting your rights. Depending on the nature of an accident, an injury victim may be eligible for both compensatory and punitive damages.

Compensatory Damages

Compensatory damages are designed to reimburse the actual costs associated with an accident. Common expenses and other allowable damages include:

  • Burial costs or cremation
  • Hospital or other medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Mental anguish
  • Pain and suffering

Some compensatory damages are objective, such as medical expenses and the cost of a burial. Others, such as anguish or pain and suffering, are subjective. In a case where a loved one died as a result of the negligence, damages like mental anguish and pain and suffering might apply to both the deceased and remaining relatives.

Punitive Damages

These awards are designed to force responsible parties not to repeat the actions that caused an injury or death and to deter the general public from grossly irresponsible behavior. They are most often awarded in cases of wrongful death or serious injury.

The following are some reasons why punitive damages might be awarded:

  • A drug company’s medications might kill people even if they take them as directed.
  • Medical personnel might commit gross malpractice.
  • Companies might have industrial accidents or spills that result in deaths or lifelong injuries.
  • A drunk driver who has caused an accident resulting in injury or death.

Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk at 1-800-753-5203 to find out how we may be able to help.

If you or someone you know has been injured by someone else’s negligence, a Tampa personal injury attorney might be able to help. Despite how you’re feeling at such a stressful time, you’re not alone. Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk anytime for a free, initial consultation at 1-800-753-5203.