What damages can be recovered?

There are three broad categories of compensation (also known as “damages”) you can recover in a personal injury lawsuit. They are:

  • Economic damages — Your direct financial losses resulting from the accident, such as your medical bills and lost wages
  • Non-economic damages — Losses you have suffered that do not have a specific dollar value attached, such as the pain from your injuries and emotional trauma from the crash
  • Exemplary or punitive damages — Additional compensation awarded by a judge or jury to punish negligent parties for particularly reckless or intentional behavior