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What type of compensation can I receive from a personal injury lawsuit in California?


What happens in a personal injury case is that the injured person (plaintiff) receives money to cover the damages from the party considered legally liable for the accident (defendant or their insurer).

In a personal injury lawsuit, victims are entitled to economic damages, non-economic damages, and in special cases punitive damages.

Economic damages can include:

  • the cost of all medical bills and required treatment related to the injury
  • the costs of any property damage sustained in the accident
  • lost wages during the recovery period
  • the cost of hiring someone for completing the tasks the victim was unable to perform due to his injuries
  • other additional costs

Non-economic damages can include:

  • disfigurement
  • inconvenience
  • loss of enjoyment of life
  • mental anguish
  • pain and suffering
  • physical impairment or disability

If the injuries were caused by intentional misconduct or were the result of a callous and conscious disregard of the rights and safety of others, the victim might also be entitled to punitive damages which are awarded to punish, deter future conduct or make an example out of the defendant.

For quality legal representation, please contact our personal injury attorneys at the Elk Grove-based O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm by calling 1-800-722-4176 or send us an email and someone from our office will be in touch with you shortly.

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