The Two Sides of Car Accident Damages: Compensatory & Punitive 

Car accidents can be incredibly traumatic, and dealing with the aftermath can be equally daunting. When you’re involved in a car accident in Atlanta, Georgia, understanding the types of damages you may be entitled to is crucial. At Morain & Buckelew, LLC, we’re here to shed some light on the subject.

Compensatory Damages: Recovering Your Losses

After a car accident, compensatory damages are often the first point of focus. These are intended to help the injured party “compensate” for their losses and bring them back to the financial state they would have been in had the accident not occurred. These damages can be both economic, covering tangible costs like medical expenses and lost wages, and non-economic, accounting for intangible impacts like pain and suffering or emotional distress. As your Atlanta personal injury attorneys, we diligently work to quantify these damages to ensure you receive fair compensation.

Punitive Damages: Holding the Negligent Party Accountable

While less common, punitive damages can also come into play in car accident cases. Unlike compensatory damages, these are not meant to compensate the victim but rather to penalize the at-fault party. Georgia law allows for punitive damages in instances where the defendant’s behavior is deemed extremely negligent or reckless. They serve as a deterrent, aiming to prevent similar reckless behavior in the future. If we at Morain & Buckelew, LLC find that your case has grounds for punitive damages, we will vigorously pursue this avenue.

Navigating Your Car Accident Claim

Dealing with a car accident claim can be overwhelming, especially when you’re simultaneously dealing with physical and emotional recovery. Having a knowledgeable team of personal injury lawyers like us by your side can be instrumental. We can handle the complexities of your claim such as:

  • Identifying the Responsible Party: We investigate the incident, gather evidence, and identify the at-fault party.
  • Calculating Damages: We meticulously document all economic and non-economic damages to quantify your losses.
  • Negotiating with Insurance Companies: We handle all interactions with insurance companies, aiming to secure fair compensation.
  • Litigation: If needed, we’re prepared to represent you in court, passionately advocating for your rights.
  • Continued Support: Throughout the process, we’re here to offer guidance, ensuring your rights are protected and your claims are effectively addressed.

Ensuring Fair Compensation with Morain & Buckelew, LLC

At Morain & Buckelew, LLC, we’re here to help you every step of the way. Our personal injury attorneys are dedicated to helping accident victims get fair compensation for their injuries. Whether your injuries are minor or catastrophic, we can help you proceed with your claim. With 60 years of experience representing injured individuals, we’re here to guide you through this challenging time, so please get in touch online to schedule your case evaluation or contact us at (404) 448-3146.