Compensatory Damages vs. Punitive Damages

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If someone else’s negligence leaves you injured, you’ll seek compensation through a personal injury claim that you file with the at-fault party’s insurance provider. The difference between compensatory damages and punitive damages is an important distinction to understand, and an experienced Greenville personal injury lawyer can help you with this and all your claim-related concerns.

Compensatory Damages

Compensatory damages are those damages that are intended to compensate you for the losses you’ve incurred, such as:

  • Your medical costs, which can be ongoing
  • Your lost income, which can segue into lost earning potential
  • Your emotional and physical pain and suffering, which can be one of the most challenging damages to overcome

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages, on the other hand, are intended to punish the at-fault party for his or her egregious negligence, and they are much less common than compensatory damages. In fact, the at-fault party’s negligence must reach the level of willful, wanton, or reckless to justify punitive damages.

Don’t Put Off Consulting with an Experienced South Carolina Personal Injury Lawyer

The knowledgeable Greenville personal injury lawyers at Upstate Personal Injury Lawyers, LLC have the legal insight, skill, and experience that you need to help guide your claim toward a resolution that supports your most complete recovery. To schedule your free consultation, please don’t hesitate to contact or call us at 864-531-7969 today.

Personal Injury FAQ

What kinds of negligence qualify for punitive damages?

If, for example, your injuries were caused by a drunk driver, punitive damages may be available (due to the driver’s recklessness in getting behind the wheel while impaired in the first place).

How much time do I have to file a claim?

In South Carolina, you have only three years to file a lawsuit after an injury-causing accident, which makes filing your claim earlier rather than later paramount (you may spend a good deal of time processing your claim before you recognize that filing a lawsuit is necessary).

What if I can’t afford an attorney?

Because your personal injury attorney will work on contingency and won’t get paid until your claim settles or you receive a court award, you can afford an attorney.

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