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What Types of Compensation can I get After a Car Accident?

If you are seriously hurt, no amount of compensation can fix the harm you have suffered. If another driver is negligent in causing the crash, you can recover what are called compensatory damages. Compensatory damages are intended to compensate you for your injuries and losses. These damages can include medical expenses, property damages, and compensation for both past and future lost income. Compensatory damages can also include compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of quality of life, and disfigurement. In cases where the other driver acted wantonly (recklessly) by consciously or deliberately disregarding safety rules, punitive damages may also be available. These additional damages are intended to deter harmful conduct and to punish a defendant.