Car Accident Back Injury Settlement: What Kinds of Damages Can be Included?

February 21, 2014

Car Accidents

car accident back injury settlementIf you or a loved one has experienced a serious neck injury due to someone else’s carelessness, you may be able to pursue compensation in the form of a car accident back injury settlement.

The types of damages included in these types of settlements are typically considered either compensatory or punitive damages.

Compensatory damages provide injury victims with compensation for the actual damages that occurred due to an injury, whether they are physical, financial or emotional. Punitive damages, on the other hand, are designed to punish a defendant for the behavior that resulted in an injury or accident taking place.

Compensatory Damages: Monetary Losses

Many of the types of damages that are included in a back injury settlement are directly related to the monetary losses that were caused by an accident, such as:

  • Medical expenses: Including existing medical bills or the estimated costs of additional medical care.
  • Loss of income: Including lost wages from time missed from work or lost earning capacity.
  • Property repair or replacement: Such as car repair or replacement of property that was damaged in an accident.
  • Permanent or temporary disability: Including the costs of adjusting to living with a disability that was caused by an accident.

Compensatory Damages: Non-Monetary Losses

In many cases, injury victims may also be able to seek compensation for non-monetary losses, such as suffering pain, fear, anxiety or other physical and emotional distress as the result of an injury.

Punitive Damages

Depending on the type of behavior that led to a serious injury taking place, there may also be punitive damages available for an injury victim.

Examples of the types of behavior that may justify punitive damages being awarded in a case include drunk driving or negotiating in bad faith after an accident.

Are You Considering Pursuing a Car Accident Back Injury Settlement? Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk Today at 941-677-2853!

Have you been severely injured in a Sarasota car accident? Our personal injury lawyers may be able to fight for compensation for your injuries. Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk now at 941-677-2853.