Damages Available in Personal Injury Cases in Florida
If you have suffered an injury and are seeking compensation for your damages through a personal injury claim, you may be interested in learning more about the types of compensation awarded to personal injury victims in Florida.
One of our experienced personal injury attorneys in the Clermont area can review the details of your case and evaluate whether you may have a viable personal injury claim.
Compensatory Damages in Florida Personal Injury Cases
Compensatory damage awards can encompass both monetary damages and nonmonetary losses, but they both serve to compensate victims for the costs they have incurred – either financially, or in terms of pain and suffering.
Monetary Damages in Florida
Monetary compensatory damages typically include reimbursement for such damages as lost wages, staggering medical bills, rehabilitation and medication costs, loss of future earnings capacity, the costs associated with remodeling a home or vehicle for disability accommodations, property damages, the loss of business revenue due to a damaged reputation, for instance, and other types of damages that can be quantified in monetary terms.
Nonmonetary Damages in Florida
Nonmonetary compensatory damages seek to compensate the victim for losses that may not be directly financial in nature, but compensate for a loss nonetheless. Nonmonetary damages include awards for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment in life, loss of the ability to pursue hobbies and other goals, psychological stress and mental anguish, or the loss of an important relationship, if a victim dies of his or her injuries.
These types of losses are more difficult than monetary damages to quantify, but the court can still determine a monetary award for compensation, if not direct reimbursement.
Punitive Damages in Florida Personal Injury Cases
Punitive damages – which are meant to punish the wrongdoing company or defendant and deter future conduct – are allowed under Florida law, though there are limits on the extent of punitive awards. Because punitive damages do not seek to compensate the victim as the primary goal, but rather serve to punish, damage awards can extend far beyond what compensatory damages might – and for this reason, the Florida legislature has enacted certain punitive damage caps.
Under Florida law, punitive damages may not exceed more than three times the amount of compensatory damages, or $500,000. If the wrongdoing is determined to be especially egregious and deliberately done for financial gain, however, the court may allow as much as $2 million in punitive damages, or up to four times the amount of compensatory damages.
If you believe your personal injury damages are especially severe and that the entity responsible for your injuries acted extremely negligently or intentionally recklessly, your experienced personal injury attorney in Clermont can speak with you about whether you may be eligible to pursue punitive damages.
Consult an Experienced Florida Personal Injury Attorney
No matter what type of personal injury you have suffered, or how severe your damages may be, one of our firm’s experienced personal injury lawyers can help you seek the compensation you need to move forward with your life. Reach out to the Scoma Law Firm in Clermont for assistance today.