29 Aug Personal Injury Attorney San Francisco Bay Area
If you have sustained a personal injury due a crime committed by someone else, even though that person can be prosecuted under California criminal laws, you may still have cause to file a personal injury lawsuit in the San Francisco Bay Area for compensation.
As personal injury law is extremely complex, it is always highly advised to first speak to an experienced personal injury attorney or law firm. This is not a lawsuit that any individual should undertake alone. There are basically two types of damages, and your personal injury attorney or law firm will be able to explain these to you in greater detail.
The first type of damages are known as “Compensatory Damages.” Basically, these damages are a form of compensation or payment for the losses and injuries sustained by the injured person
Such losses and injuries can include:
- Actual bodily injuries
- Future effects of the injuries
- Future effects on the injured person’s overall health
- Future effects on the injured person’s function, ie physical impairment
- Future disfigurement
- Physical pain and suffering
- Medical costs
- Lost wages or earnings including loss of future earning capacity
- Mental distress or anguish
- Property damage
- Lost ability to enjoy the pleasures of life
The second type of damages are known as “Punitive Damages.” These type of damages are not always recoverable in every circumstance. “Punitives” as they are also known, are not considered as either economic or non-economic damages as they are not compensation for losses. Basically, Punitive Damages is used sparingly, to punish the party causing the injury. The purpose behind punitive damages is to address the behavior that could be considered so hazardous or reckless, that lawmakers deem the conduct a demonstration of complete disregard for the safety, health and rights of another person. Punitive damages are not often paid out to the injured party, however, depending on the case, it is possible.
If you have suffered a personal injury in the San Francisco Bay Area, contact the Bay Area’s premier personal injury law firm. Call Chang Law Firm on 510-915-6997 or 408-288-5008. With over 13 years of experience and expertise, we have the knowledge as well as a proven winning trial record.