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Personal Injury Damages – What Can you Pursue?

If you have suffered injuries as a result of someone else’s actions, you need to be able to concentrate on your physical and perhaps psychological recovery. However, that’s often impossible given the realities of such a situation – you have medical bills piling up, perhaps you’re losing income because you’re unable to work, and most of all, you’re suffering because of the pain you’re in and your inability to get back on your feet.

If you contact a Waukesha personal injury lawyer at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® and schedule a free initial consultation, you may have new options. Should you and your attorney both feel that pursuing a claim is advisable, he or she will handle the legal aspects of your situation and pursue damages that could help your financial situation.

Specifically, there are four types of damages that could be available to you, and below are brief descriptions of each, starting with the most common and ending with the least common. However, for a full explanation, contact a Waukesha personal injury lawyer at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® to get this process started.

Compensatory Damages

Compensatory damages are those damages recovered to in effect ‘pay you back’ for the costs you’ve incurred and those you are likely to incur in the future. For instance, even if you have insurance, you’ll still need to pay for a portion of your medical care, and compensatory damages cover this cost. You’d also be entitled to recovery for lost income and any ongoing costs that include physical therapy and equipment you’ll need to maximize your recovery.

Pain and Suffering

Pain and suffering damages are not directly tied to costs or bills, but rather they serve the purpose of compensating you for the trauma you suffer in every sense as a result of the incident that led to your injuries. It’s difficult to quantify these damages, which is why you’ll need to heed the advice of your Waukesha personal injury attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® at (800) 242-2874.

Loss of Companionship

Loss of companionship is a set of damages that are awarded if you are unable to be intimate with your spouse or you lose out on quality time with your family because of your injuries. These damages are sometimes referred to as “loss of consortium,” but again, they’re difficult to quantify, and your attorney will help you place a numeric value behind them.

Punitive Damages

These are the least common type of damages within the realm of personal injury, and the possibility of recovering punitive damages are generally limited to situations where the defendant acted willfully, extremely negligently or recklessly such that the law needs to teach the defendant a ‘lesson’ so he or she will not repeat this conduct.

Generally, there could be other types of damages available to you, but for a full explanation of everything surrounding your situation, contact a Waukesha personal injury attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® today to schedule a free initial consultation.