After the question of liability has been answered, the next step is to determine damages. This can best be defined as the amount of money that can compensate for the injuries that were caused by the negligent conduct. The type and amount of damages depends on a variety of factors such as the victim’s injuries and the circumstances surrounding the accident.

Monetary losses may include

  • Medical expenses
  • Future medical expenses
  • Lost Wages
  • Projected loss of income (if plaintiff is unable to work due to their injuries)
  • Household services (cost of hiring someone to maintain or run the household)

Physical and mental pain may includeSection 2

  • Pain and suffering
  • Permanent disability
  • Disfigurement
  • Mental anguish (this can also include emotional and psychological distress)
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium (benefits lost due to a relationship loss due to accident or injury)