The money an at-fault driver, property owner, or other defendant must pay if you win a personal injury case is called “damages.” In California, these are divided into two categories, economic and non-economic.
Economic damages are bills you received or things that can be measured, like
Non-economic damages are harder to measure. They cover:
In rare cases, you may also be awarded punitive damages for a defendant’s extremely outrageous acts. These are designed to keep the defendant (usually a company) from acting the same way again in the future.