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What Types of Compensation Are Available in a Gwinnett County Motor Vehicle Accident Case?

May 20, 2013

When people suffer serious injury in motor vehicle collisions, they may be entitled to a range of types of compensation that are referred to as "damages." Generally, there are two types of damages: (1) pecuniary damages; and (2) non-pecuniary damages. "Pecuniary damages" essentially include actual out-of-pocket or future economic losses, such as the costs associated with medical treatment/rehabilitation, lost wages, vehicle repair or replacement costs and future lost income based on partial or total permanent disability. By contrast, "non-pecuniary" loss refers to intangible but sometimes more devastating forms of loss like pain and suffering, impact on one's quality of life, emotional distress and similar forms of damages.

When people are injured or die because of the negligent conduct of a driver who callously disregards traffic law and safe driving practices, they often contact our Gwinnett County personal injury lawyers at Montlick and Associates to determine what type of compensation they might qualify to receive. While it is impossible to guarantee a recovery or specify the amount of damages that will be obtained in a personal injury claim or lawsuit, our experienced attorneys have handled thousands of cases throughout our three decades representing Georgia injury victims. We draw on our experience handling cases with comparable injuries, circumstances and misconduct so that we can provide a reasonable estimate of the potential value of a claim.

There also are other approaches we may employ to provide a reasonable estimate of the value of a car accident claim arising from a collision in Gwinnett County.  We can research verdicts and non-confidential settlements in comparable lawsuits in other cases involving Gwinnett County judges or juries. Because of our many years of experience handling a broad range of cases and ability to research other cases, we can provide an estimate of the range of recovery that a plaintiff might receive, but it is important to understand that every case is different and that subtle factual distinctions may lead to substantial differences in the outcome.

In addition to the types of damages discussed above, there are other forms of damages that may be available in specific injury cases, which may include:

• Loss of companionship and services of a spouse
• Burial and funeral expenses in wrongful death actions
• Punitive damages

Punitive damages are reserved for cases that are particularly egregious where a jury or judge attempts to punish wrongful conduct and deter comparable actions in the future. Examples of factual situations that might justify punitive damages include DUI accidents, pedestrians hit by motorists engaged in street racing and similar types of exceptionally offensive or objectionable conduct.

Why Montlick & Associates?
Choosing an experienced law firm can make all the difference in getting you the best possible outcome for your case. For over 37 years, Our Gwinnet County personal injury lawyers at Montlick and Associates are available to provide effective legal representation to those throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast. Montlick & Associates concentrates its practice on personal injury law, providing caring and high quality legal representation. In addition to its goal of being the best personal injury law firm in Georgia, Montlick & Associates is also dedicated to giving back to the community through the firm's extensive public service programs.

The firm was recently honored by the Georgia House of Representatives for its 30 years of service, with the passing of House Resolution 394, recognizing Montlick & Associates for "the outstanding accomplishments of this distinguished firm," and "for providing efficient, effective and dedicated services to the citizens of Georgia." The firm was also named the Most Patriotic Business of 2011 by the Association of the United States Army in Atlanta for its efforts to support the troops, and its CEO David R. Montlick received a Patriotism Award in 2012 for the Southeast. To learn more about the firm's award-winning public service programs, please visit

The experienced Georgia personal injury attorneys at Montlick and Associates are available to provide effective legal representation to clients throughout Georgia, including rural areas in the state and across the Southeast. No matter where you are located, the attorneys at Montlick & Associates are just a phone call away, and will even come to you. Call 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit online at and use the firm's Free 24-hour Live Online Chat or Free Case Evaluation Form.

Category: Personal Injury

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Many of our blog articles discuss the law. All information provided about the law is very general in nature and should not be relied upon as legal advice. Every situation is different, and should be analyzed by a lawyer who can provide individualized advice based on the facts involved in your unique situation, and a consideration of all of the nuances of the statutes and case law that apply at the time.