An overview of compensatory damages following personal injury by joe tacopina

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The majority of damages awarded to people who have suffered personal injury are compensatory, meaning they restore the prior monetary standing of the plaintiff. The process of awarding damages requires placing a dollar amount on all consequences of the accident, from medical bills to distress, pain, and suffering. Courts also award damages for loss of enjoyment or inability to participate in prior hobbies because of new physical limitations.

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An overview of compensatory damages following personal injury by joe tacopina

  1. 1. By Joe Tacopina
  2. 2. The majority of damages awarded to peoplewho have suffered personal injury arecompensatory, meaning they restore the priormonetary standing of the plaintiff. Theprocess of awarding damages requiresplacing a dollar amount on all consequencesof the accident, from medical bills to distress,pain, and suffering. Courts also awarddamages for loss of enjoyment or inability toparticipate in prior hobbies because of newphysical limitations.
  3. 3. The most quantifiable damages remainmedical treatment, loss of property, and lostwages, the latter of which may includepotential future income lost because of achange in the plaintiff’s “earning capacity.”The less quantifiable compensatory damagesinclude pain and suffering, emotional distress,loss of enjoyment, and loss of consortium.This last term refers to any impact on theplaintiff’s relationship with a spouse.
  4. 4. In addition to compensatory damages, acourt may demand punitive damages incases of particular carelessness. Thesedamages intend to punish the defendantrather than restore the plaintiff.
  5. 5. After earning his juris doctor in 1991, JoeTacopina worked in the district attorney’soffice in Kings County, New York, for threeyears before founding his own firm,Tacopina Seigel & Turano, PC. It focuseson civil and securities litigation, as well ascriminal law defense.

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