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How Much Money Could I Get in a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

In a personal injury lawsuit, you may be able to get money from the person or entity responsible in the form of court ordered awards. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, the physical and emotional trauma inflicted, and the severity of the negligence involved, you may be awarded compensatory damages, and possibly even punitive damages. What Are Compensatory Damages? Compensatory damages are generally awarded to make up for losses. The purpose of these awards is to make a person “whole” again. The only way that the law really knows how to do that is through awarding money. Typically, compensatory damages include reimbursement for things such as: Medical Expenses Pain and Suffering Loss of Consortium Loss of Enjoyment Emotional Trauma Lost Income Property Damage What Are Punitive Damages? Punitive damages often carry the highest payouts. Punitive damages are what typically makes a personal injury award shoot up to millions of…
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Drunk Driver Who Killed Two to Stand Trial

A Marine has been accused of driving the wrong way on Route 163 while intoxicated. This drunk driver allegedly caused a car accident that killed two UCSC medical students, while also injured three additional students. The Marine is charged with murder, gross vehicular manslaughter and DUI counts. The man faces 47 years to life in prison if convicted. This case brings to mind a common question attorneys get from clients: What is the difference between a civil case and a criminal case? Some key differences between criminal and civil cases: Crimes are considered offenses against the state. Crimes against the state are prosecuted by the state, and the prosecutor, rather than the victim, files the case in court as a representative of the state. In a civil case, the wronged party files the case. Criminal offenses and civil offenses usually differ in terms of their punishment. Criminal cases have jail…
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Toddler Fatally Struck in San Diego Car Accident

On November 20, a fatal accident occurred in San Diego in the 4400-block of Wilson Avenue in the Normal Heights neighborhood, when a toddler crept out of a house functioning as a day care and into the street. The caretakers in the house were unaware of the toddler’s disappearance at the time. The 22-year-old daughter of one of the caretakers came over for a visit and, upon leaving, ran over the 16-month-old toddler. The driver left, unaware of the collision, and continued towards home until police stopped her near Fairmount Avenue and Home Avenue where police inspected her car. The caretakers inside were equally ignorant of the toddler’s disappearance. The toddler’s aunt, a 10-year-old girl, discovered his body in the driveway. Police officers were first to arrive on the scene. They performed CPR on the child until paramedics arrived to shuttle him to the hospital. Sadly, the child died en…
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