What is the difference between general damages and special damages?

General damages are those that are not readily (or easy) to quantify given the nature of your injuries.  For example, being paid $25,000 in damages for a broken wrist would be a "general damage" as it is a damage that was generally sufferred as a result of a specified event.    




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"General damages are intangible, non-monetary losses that do not have an exact dollar amount. Due to the non-economic quality of general damages, they can be more difficult to calculate than special damages."
Wilson Kehoe Winingham



What are some examples of general damages? 

There are several types of general damages:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Lower quality of life
  • Loss of companionship, and/or
  • Physical disfigurement or impairment. 

What amounts can you recover if you have suffered general damages?

It is difficult to quantify, and the damages may vary by state.

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