If you suffered harm in an Arizona personal injury accident due to another person’s wrongful actions, you may be entitled to certain types of compensation. In the post below, we will go over these different types of monetary damages and discuss how an experienced Arizona personal injury attorney can help you fight for the financial recovery you deserve.
Economic damages refer to compensation for the actual losses that result from an accident and the injuries sustained. These losses generally include the following:
- Medical bills related to doctor visits, hospitalization, rehabilitation therapy, testing, and other types of treatments
- Ongoing medical care
- Lost income and lost business opportunities
- Property loss expenses, such as the costs associated with fixing or replacing a vehicle
- Other types of bills and expenses that result from the accident
Non-economic damages, on the other hand, are designed to compensate victims for their non-monetary consequences due to the accident. These damages are typically difficult to prove and tend to include the following losses:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Permanent disfigurement
Unlike the other types of compensation, punitive damages are not in place to award the victim money for their losses and injuries after an accident. Instead, the court awards these damages to punish the defendant for their egregious conduct or deter others from engaging in similar acts.
As a result, in Arizona, punitive damages are available in two scenarios:
- When a defendant had ill will and intentionally caused the victim harm
- When a defendant knew their actions were not safe and likely to cause harm
However, the state prohibits punitive damages in personal injury actions against a public entity or a public employee acting within the scope of their job.
Wrongful Death Damages
In Arizona, a wrongful death is a death that is caused by a wrongful act, neglect, or default. Or basically, when a person dies due to the legal fault of another. However, following a wrongful death in Arizona, the deceased’s loved ones may be entitled to compensation for their losses as a result of this death, including:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical bills
- The value of lost wages and benefits the deceased would have earned if they lived
- The replacement or repair of any property damaged
- The loss of the deceased’s personal affection, comfort, guidance, and companionship
- The loss of household services the decedent provided
Contact an Experienced Arizona Personal Injury Attorney Today and Fight for the Damages You Deserve
As you can see, there are a variety of damages you can pursue after an accident. However, determining which of these damages may apply to your case can get complicated. That is why following your accident, consider reaching out to an experienced Arizona personal injury attorney at Territorial Law, LLC., as soon as possible. Our knowledgeable legal team can review your case, investigate your claim, figure out liability, and assist you in going after the maximum compensation you are entitled to.
For more information regarding our services, contact us today by filling out our contact form or call us at 928.543.5092 to schedule a free case consultation.