Yes. If you’ve been injured through the fault of another, you have the potential to receive “compensatory damages” –money to compensate you for:
- Medical bills
- Lost earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Any resulting physical disability, disfigurement, or scarring
- Emotional distress
- Mental disability
- Property damage
In rare cases, you might also be able to win “punitive damages” – money that a judge or jury requires a defendant to pay in addition to the compensatory damages. Punitive damages are meant to punish a defendant that acted especially badly.
If you were hurt at work, different rules and remedies apply for workers compensation.
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