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Car Crash Lawsuit Utah
Many people who are interested in filing a Utah car crash lawsuit ask, “How much is my case worth?” The goal of the law is to return you to the financial situation you were in prior to your injury. Essentially, you will be pursuing compensation for your losses by claiming “damages” for the financial (and some personal) hardships that you have suffered as a result of your accident. Every case is different, which is why it’s important to speak with an experienced Salt Lake City, UT car accident lawyer from Rasmussen & Miner before making any assumptions about the value of your Utah car crash lawsuit.
Three Types of Damages
All damages will fall into one of three categories. The nature of the suffering determines which category it falls into:
- Special Compensatory Damages – This type of damages accounts for all financial losses. If you had to spend money because of your injury, all claims for compensation will be special compensatory damages. The most common example of this kind of damages is your hospital bill, but it can include miscellaneous purchases, missed paychecks, and other expenses too. If you can claim an exact dollar value, then it falls into this category.
- General Compensatory Damages – This type of damages accounts for all non-financial losses. The most common example of this kind of damages is pain and suffering. This is the primary way you might receive more than you spent on an injury. You are entitled to compensation for all kinds of suffering, but it is the judge who will decide if a claim is reasonable. If a general compensatory damage is accepted, then judge will decide how much it is worth.
- Punitive Damages – This type of damages is completely different from the other two. Rather than being compensatory in nature, punitive damages are assigned strictly to punish the defendant. Punitive damages are very rare in personal injury cases and there is nothing you or your attorney can do to encourage the judge to assign them. Punitive damages are usually only assigned when a law has been broken, rather than when someone causes an injury due to a genuine accident.
If you have any questions about the categories of damages or about filing a Utah car crash lawsuit, please contact our firm today. This will allow you to make an informed decision about your unique legal circumstances. We look forward to speaking with you.