Are Huge Awards for Damages a Trend and Are You Adequately Insured?

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One of the four elements of a negligence claim is that the plaintiff suffered an injury or damages. In most cases the damages are straight forward, and the court awards the plaintiff for their actual damages, such as medical expenses, lost wages or property damage, as well as non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering. These damages are called compensatory damages, and the court is simply trying to make the injured party whole for any economic losses they may have suffered due to the defendant’s negligence.

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