Understanding Special Damages

special damages

There are two types of damages in a personal injury case, general damages and special damages. General damages are discussed in another section. In this section, we discuss the latter. Special damages are also sometimes known as economic damages. The simplest way to put it is that these damages are numerical figures. It could be numerical figures in the form of past medical bills, future medical bills, past loss of income, future loss of income, and property damage. Additionally, they can also take the form of out-of-pocket expenses such as co-pays, money for medication, rental, towing, storage fees, cost of care taking, cost to hire somebody to do the work you normally would do whether or not that is at a business or for your own personal needs, etc… The commonality of all of the above is that you can put a hard-line number on the loss the at-fault person must pay for under California Law.

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