In the city of Atlanta, judges value a personal injury case depending on the types of damages awarded: compensatory and punitive. Each personal injury case is unique, and the amount of compensation a victim receives will depend on a number of factors.
Compensatory damages are awarded to a plaintiff to repair loss. In other words, these damages pay for exactly what was spent. Compensatory damages may be awarded to reimburse a victim for medical care, lost wages and property loss. Additional compensation may be awarded for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment and loss of consortium.
As much as is possible, a judge will use bills and receipts to determine the amount of money to be awarded. In instances where bills and receipts are not available or do not apply, such as in loss of enjoyment, a judge will determine a fair amount of compensation.
A personal injury case may also result in being awarded punitive damages. This type of compensation is rare, and it is meant to punish the at-fault party. A judge will award punitive damages in cases of severe misconduct or neglect in order to deter the at-fault party from behaving in the same manner in the future.
Any person who is injured in an accident should consult with an attorney experienced in personal injury law for assistance in determining what their case may be worth. Each case is unique, and the amount awarded in one case is not an accurate reflection of what may be awarded in another.