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What damages can one recover in a personal injury lawsuit?

When someone is injured in a car accident, it is not possible to quantify the suffering they endured. The physical scars may be visible and serve as a reminder of what the car accident victim went through, but the emotional scars are just as painful and can often take longer to heal. When a Louisiana accident victim files a personal injury lawsuit against the driver who caused their auto accident, they are able to recover compensation that cover both these heads -- the physical and emotional.

Damages that arise from lawsuits can be classified in two ways -- special and general. Special damages are those that are related to specific economic harm -- medical expenses, loss of wages or property damage. These are relatively easier to calculate -- an auto repair shop can show an estimate of how much repairing the car is going to cost and hospital bills demonstrate medical expenses.

General damages, on the other hand, are noneconomic damages. They cover pain and suffering, mental anguish, physical disfigurement or impairment, emotional distress and loss of enjoyment of life. These can be highly subjective and difficult to prove -- different people can deal with identical injuries differently. This is probably why courts consider a number of factors when determining damages under this heading, including, but not limited to, the severity of the injury, recovery time needed, potential for ongoing consequences and location and nature of physical scarring or disfigurement.

Compensation received from a lawsuit can go a long way in covering medical expenses and other expenses that were associated with the accident. It can also help accident victims come to terms with their injuries and get closure. An experienced attorney may be able to demonstrate the above factors to a court to get accident victims the compensation they deserve.

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