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What are Compensatory Damages?

What are Compensatory Damages?


The damages awarded to the victim in a personal injury case are compensatory damages. But what are compensatory damages more specifically? The formal compensatory damages definition is: money awarded to a plaintiff to compensate for medical expenses, loss of income, property loss, and other incurred losses. To the extent that it is possible, compensatory damages are intended to make the victim “whole” again.

If you are searching for compensatory damages examples to help you better understand the term, the Chicago-based personal injury attorneys from Rubens Kress & Mulholland provide several in this guide.

Examples of Compensatory Damages

The following examples are some common types of compensatory damages that may be awarded in personal injury cases:

  • Medical Expenses: Personal injury damages frequently cover the expenses of medical treatment you’ve already undergone to recover from the accident, as well as any treatment you will need to have carried out in the future.
  • Loss of Income: Some individuals may be awarded compensatory damages for any loss of income they have already incurred, plus that which they are expected to incur in the future as a result of being unable to work after the accident.
  • Pain and Suffering: In most personal injury cases, you may be able to get compensated for the pain and suffering you experienced after the accident, as well as the continuing pain you could endure in the future as a result of the accident.
  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life: If the injuries sustained in an accident prevent you from partaking in your daily hobbies or activities, you may be able to seek compensatory damages for loss of enjoyment of life.
  • Disfigurement: Any scars you have as a result of an accident or a surgery necessitated by the accident are items of damage that you may claim.
  • Loss of Consortium: In cases with serious injuries, your spouse can often claim a loss of consortium.

Reach Out to Rubens Kress & Mulholland for Consultation

If you have further questions about compensatory damages, or if you have a personal injury case in Illinois and are seeking the professional representation of an experienced attorney, contact the team at Rubens Kress & Mulholland for a free consultation today. Our attorneys are well-versed in personal injury law, with over 75 year of collective experience. Each attorney has   at least 15 year of experience and our firm has an extensive record of successful cases. During this trying time in your life, we’ll be here at every step of the way to provide the compassion and advocacy you need.

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