What are special damages in a car accident case?

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What are special damages in a car accident case?

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Special damages are those costs in a personal injury lawsuit that you can easily put a number on. Special damages contrast with general damages, which are costs that can’t be easily quantified – such as pain and suffering. In car accident cases, special damages often include the past, present, and future costs of:

* medical bills

* rehabilitation

* medical equipment

* prescription drugs

* repair or replacement of cars or other property

* lost wages (in some cases), and

* and any other known financial damages that result from the accident.

In a car accident lawsuit, the person responsible for the accident (or that person’s insurance company) may have to pay for the special damages of the injured person. If more than one person caused the accident, the obligation to pay for the damages will be shared – usually according to the percent of fault. If the case goes to trial, a jury or judge will decide how much the at-fault party has to pay. However, if the case is settled by attorneys, the attorneys will negotiate the amount of the damages.

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