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Types of Damages Available in a Wisconsin Personal Injury Claim

When you are injured due to the negligence or recklessness of someone else, you may have the right to file a personal injury claim. In Wisconsin, several types of damages may be available to compensate you for your injuries and losses, including the following:

Economic Damages

Economic damages compensate you for the financial losses you have suffered because of your injury. They may include:

  • Medical expenses, such as bills you have incurred because of your injury, including hospital bills, doctor’s fees, and the cost of medication;
  • Lost wages incurred if your injury forced you to miss work;
  • Property damage expenses resulting from the accident, such as totaled cars or broken phones;
  • Compensation for transportation costs to and from medical appointments; and
  • Home care expenses

Economic losses are concrete and can be easily measured using bills and receipts.

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages compensate you for the non-financial losses you have suffered because of your injury. They may include:

  • Pain and suffering, such as emotional distress caused by the injury;
  • Loss of enjoyment of life and the inability to participate in activities you once enjoyed;
  • Disfigurement or scarring; and
  • Loss of consortium when your injury impacts your relationship with your spouse or other family members

Unlike economic damages, proving these losses requires expert testimony and a detailed analysis of the injury’s impact on your life.

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages punish the defendant for their wrongful conduct and deter others from engaging in similar behavior in the future. They are only available in cases where the defendant’s conduct was particularly egregious or reckless.

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When you are injured in Wisconsin, speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney who can help understand your legal rights and options is essential. At the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd., our attorneys could help you determine what types of damages you may be able to recover and help you navigate the often-complex legal process of pursuing a personal injury claim. Consult with our legal team members today to understand the types of damages you may be able to recover in your case.

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