Special and General damages are the two primary classifications of damages awarded in a personal injury settlement or lawsuit. Damages (amounts of money) are paid to the plaintiff who was harmed due to the illegal or negligent actions of the defendant. These two classifications of damages also may be called economic and non-economic damages.
Special damages compensate for your actual out-of-pocket expenses incurred as a direct result of the defendant’s behavior and actions. The goal of awarding special damages is to place you in a position that you would have been in if the accident or injury had not occurred. The amounts of these damages are based on fair market value at the time of the incident. They are easy to calculate and to assign monetary value. You and your personal injury attorney must define all special damages in your claim in detail before a jury begins deliberations. [Read more…]