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What money is paid if you win a personal injury case?

What money is paid if you win a personal injury case?

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

  • Medical treatment
  • Replacement costs
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity

Non-economic damages are harder to measure. They cover:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Inconvenience
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of consortium (companionship and support)

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.

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