Types of Damages
What Settlement Can I Expect?
In a Kansas City personal injury lawsuit, damages are a financial award
that a court gives to an individual as compensation for injuries that
person has received as a result of the wrongful or negligent conduct of
another. The amount of damages awarded often reflects the amount of harm
the plaintiff has sustained due to the actions of the defendant.
The purpose of damages is to "make one whole," that is, to pay the injured parties enough money so that they are restored
to the position they were in prior to the accident. If you or a loved
one has been harmed in an accident or received injuries caused by the
wrongful or negligent actions of another, contact a Kansas City personal
injury lawyer right way. Meyerkord, Russell & Hergott will listen
to what happened to you and, if warranted, will file a lawsuit against
those who harmed you and help you recover full compensation for your injuries.
Types of Personal Injury Damages
There are a number of types of damage that we may be able to request for
you, based upon your case. Compensatory damages are awarded as a remedy
for your injuries. Actual compensatory damages will pay you back for money
that you have paid ''out of pocket'', such as:
- Medical bills
- Replacement of damaged property
General compensatory damages are things for which you have suffered a loss
that you have not paid for, like emotional suffering, lost wages, future
lost wages, loss of enjoyment, and damage to your marriage.
Over and above compensatory damages, the court may order that punitive
damages be paid to you, if it is found that the actions of the defendant
were malicious or intentional. If the actions of the defendant were found
to be intentional or malicious, but there is not much evidence to prove
actual damage was done, the court still has the discretion to award you
nominal (a small amount) damages as a recognition that you were legally
wronged. If you have been harmed by another, our caring legal team is
here to help you in any way we can to protect your rights and seek the
compensation you deserve.
Contact a Kansas City Personal Injury Lawyer
today to pursue damages for your accident injuries.