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Damages in a Premises Liability Case

March 14, 2019 Premises Liability Blog

When a person is injured on unsafe property, the consequences can go beyond the monetary burden. In addition to medical bills and other related expenses, an individual might need to take time off of work. On top of those financial losses, he or she may be dealing with debilitating pain and emotional effects. Family life and other relationships might be strained. There could be many types of damages in a premises liability case. Below is a breakdown of the damages a plaintiff might seek with the help of an experienced attorney.

Possible Damages in a Premises Liability Case: Compensatory and Punitive

Compensatory damages are those meant to compensate an individual for losses related to the incident. These include:

  • Medical bills
  • Physical, psychological, and occupational therapies
  • Lost past and future wages
  • Lost earning capacity

Compensatory damages may also include “pain and suffering,” which refers to the physical and emotional distress that results from the incident and injury. The term “pain and suffering” is a short hand way of expressing the many types of non-economic damages an injured person may suffer. During the initial consultation, an experienced lawyer will define and discuss the possible compensatory damages in a premises liability case.

In a small number of lawsuits, plaintiffs also recover punitive damages. These rarely awarded damages are meant to meant to punish the defendant for particularly heinous behavior.

Getting the Help You Need

Each case is different. The damages a plaintiff may seek will depend on the individual facts of that case. The first step is to speak with an experienced California premises liability attorney.

If you sustained an injury due to a property owner’s failure to maintain safety standards, you may have the right to collect damages to compensate you for your losses. The premises liability attorneys at CaseyGerry can help. We welcome you to call the firm at (619) 238-1811. We’ll discuss your situation and injuries, the next steps, and what you can expect.