Types of Damages Available from a Georgia Car Accident Concussion Case
Georgia car accident concussion cases can lead to settlements that involve a combination of damages. Under Georgia law, plaintiffs who have been injured because of someone else's negligence can normally seek and recover a variety of damages related to their injuries.
Special Damages – Special damages are meant to compensate victims for the economic burdens of their injuries. This includes expenses that the victims have had to pay out of their own pockets because of their injuries, and are generally itemized. Accordingly, special damages can usually be easily quantified and proved by receipts and invoices. Special damages in a Georgia car accident concussion case will include:
- Bills from medical treatment for the concussion
- Expenses for specialists and medications related to the concussion
- Lost wages from time off of work due to the concussion
- Lost earnings opportunities because of concussion injuries
General Damages – General damages are those that are said to “flow naturally” from the conduct of the negligent party. In a car accident concussion case, this means you can recover the damages from your concussion that contain a clear link to the conduct of the other driver. Despite this clear link between the damages and the accident, general damages can be difficult to place a number upon, as each case has its own unique facts and circumstances. In a Georgia car accident concussion case, these damages can include:
- Physical pain and bodily injury from the accident and concussion
- Disfigurement or lasting impairment from the concussion
- Mental and emotional distress from the concussion symptoms
- Loss of quality of life due to the concussion
Georgia law also allows for punitive damages in personal injury cases, if the defendant's conduct rose to the level of gross negligence. Punitive damages will be sought in cases that involve maliciousness or extreme recklessness.
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