In a San Diego personal injury case, an injured party can recover different types of damages, including recovery of medical bills, lost wages, and "pain and suffering," also known as general damages. Pain and suffering is sometime a difficult concept to grasp. It can't be easily quantified, like medical bills. Nonetheless, anyone who has suffered an injury knows that the harm is much greater than simply the medical costs.
I like to think of general damages as how an injury affects everyday life. An injured person might now live every day with pain. An injured person might live every day with fear. An injured person might lose the ability to do simple things, like pick up a child, or play tennis with a friend. General Damages encompass all of the trauma, inconvenience, and pain that result from an injury, but can't easily be categorized by an invoice. They are often the most important part of a Personal injury case.
A San Diego personal injury attorney can help you determine which type of damages you have and help you receive the compensation you deserve. Feel free to call us with any questions or comments, or to add a comment to this blog post. We can be reached by phone at 866-870-2020.