Types of Damages

There are two types of damages available in medical malpractice cases: actual damages and general damages.

Actual damages (also called special or pecuniary) seek to reimburse a plaintiff for financial losses incurred or expected to incur in the future.

Actual damages typically include:

  • Medical and hospitalization bills incurred to treat your injuries
  • Wages lost due to work missed in recovery
  • Costs of household or nursing help during recovery, including costs of wheelchair or crutches required
  • Future medical expenses due to injury
  • Future lost wages due to injury

Medical malpractice victims can also sue for general damages in addition to actual damages.

General damages include the things that can’t be precisely documented in dollars spent, including:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of companionship (benefits of a relationship)

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