Georgia also allows car accident victims to receive compensation to make up for other losses that are not financial in nature. For example, most bodily injuries cause pain and inconvenience. You might struggle to sleep at night and miss out on enjoying your favorite hobbies or time with your family.
Many accidents victims suffer psychologically from their injuries. As an example, someone with a bad burn might be wracked with anxiety and fear. They might also feel intense embarrassment to be seen in public due to disfigurement.
There are several types of general damages:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress or mental anguish
What separates general from specific damages is the difficulty of establishing how much money qualifies as “fair” compensation. No two people will value pain, fear, anger, or embarrassment the same. One person might think a facial burn is worth $100,000, while another might only believe it is worth $25,000.
Often, victims can receive a multiple of their special damages, up to 5 times as much. However, everything depends on the specifics of your injury. A facial burn, for example, might be relatively inexpensive to treat. But it could be worth a large amount for emotional distress.
Our lawyers work closely with our clients to document as best as possible the pain and suffering they endure. These techniques can include asking family members to testify on your behalf as well as keeping a journal to document how you feel.