If you have been injured by the negligent or reckless actions of someone
else, you may be entitled to compensatory and punitive damages. Our firm
will analyze your situation and help you pursue the maximum amount of
compensation available so you can recover and move forward. What is the
difference between compensatory damages and punitive damages?
Here's what you need to know.
Compensatory damages are designed to make the victim whole again after
an injury. These damages are split into two forms: economic and non-economic.
Economic damages are also known as special damages, while non-economic
damages are known as general damages.
Economic damages. These damages are easy to calculate. They include medical bills, lost wages,
out-of-pocket expenses, loss of the use of property, costs of replacement
or repairs, rehabilitation costs, and other injury-related expenses. It
is important to talk with your doctor to determine the amount of past,
present, and future expected medical bills you will likely incur from
your injuries. It is also important to get necessary information from
your employer to determine the amount of lost income you will suffer due
to your injuries.
Non-economic damages. In Hawaii, there are several types of non-economic damages available in
personal injury cases. These include the loss of enjoyment of life, pain
and suffering, mental anguish, loss of consortium, disfigurement, and
other nonpecuniary losses. These are not easy to calculate, and insurance
adjusters will sometimes use a multiplier to determine the amount of non-economic
damages you may be entitled to. The severity of your injuries, the potential
for ongoing medical consequences and symptoms, the amount of economic
damages you suffered, and your age may influence the amount of compensation
you may be able to receive for non-economic damages.
Punitive damages are not compensatory, because they do not try to make
you whole again after an accident. They are designed to punish the defendant
for gross negligence, criminal conduct, or reckless actions. For example,
if you are injured by a drunk or aggressive driver, you may be able to
receive punitive damages for your case.
Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner Represents Clients in Honolulu
For nearly 50 years, Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner has represented injured
clients in Hawaii. If you or a loved one have been injured by someone
else’s wrongful actions, our Honolulu personal injury attorneys
will fight on your behalf to seek justice from those responsible. With
our compassionate legal team, you will receive personal assistance every
step of the way.
Contact our office
today to discuss your case in a free consultation.