What Can I Receive in a Personal Injury Suit?

Last updated on: July 8, 2013

What Can I Receive in a Personal Injury Suit?

Whenever an individual or company negligently harms you, the civil justice system allows victims in these instances to collect money for ‘damages’ under Texas tort law. In general, personal injury damages include the following:

Compensatory Damages

The most common type of damages in personal injury cases are called compensatory damages. Compensatory damages are there to alleviate the financial and physical losses suffered by the victim or their family. Below are just some of the types of compensatory damages that an injury victim may receive:

  • Medical bills

  • Lost wages

  • Property damage

  • Pain and suffering

  • Emotional distress

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages in personal injury cases punish the responsible party for negligent conduct that caused the accident resulting in an injury. This type of damage is typically awarded only in cases involving severe negligence or reckless conduct on the part of the defending party. The goal of punitive damages is to deter similar conduct in the future. Many state laws have set a cap on punitive damage in certain types of personal injury claims, such as medical malpractice.


Court Costs

In some cases, the jury will order the responsible party to pay the court costs of the injured party, which may include the cost of filing fees, process server fees, deposition transcripts, court transcriptions, and translators’ fees.

No Set Amounts

There is no minimum or maximum settlement amount in a personal injury case. Every case is different, and any settlement that you receive is heavily dependent on the seriousness of your injuries, the extent of your medical treatment, the nature of the defendant’s liability, the amount of available insurance coverage, and a slew of other factors, including:

  • amount of your medical bills
  • your loss of past income
  • costs of future medical care
  • your age and earning capacity
  • any permanent limitations you now have
  • activities you can no longer participate in

The amount of money that may be given to a personal injury victim to make up for the harm that’s been done will vary on a case-by-case basis. In order to find out more about your legal rights after suffering an injury, please contact an experienced personal injury lawyer at Zinda Law Group.