There are generally two categories of damages that you can recover if you are injured in an automobile accident: (1) special damages; and (2) general damages. Special damages (“Specials”) are typically your out-of-pocket expenses, such as your medical bills, mileage, and prescription medications. Specials can be measured and calculated, and are typically represented by expenses actually incurred, or those that can be reasonably anticipated in the future, and which can be determined with the requisite degree of certainty required by the Arizona Rules of Evidence.
General damages cannot be fixed with any specific calculation. These types of damages are the most difficult to prove in a bodily injury case. General damages in Arizona tend to focus on pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life. “Pain” typically refers to the physical pain that the client has endured and may endure. Suffering generally applies to the emotional aspects of the case, the client’s mental suffering, fear, humiliation, anxiety, etc.
“Loss of enjoyment of life” is another form of general damages that compensate the injured person for the limitations placed on his/her ability to enjoy the pleasures and amenities of life, such as activities of daily living. Loss of enjoyment damages may also include compensation for insomnia, limitations on recreational activities, travel limitations, and loss of social interaction.
It is important that you consult with an attorney if you have been injured in an auto accident. Remember, the insurance companies are not your friends and they have no obligation to you to explain all of the compensable damages in your case. To discuss your case with an established and successful injury attorney, call us now at 480-456-3080.