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Denver Personal Injury 101: What Are Compensatory Damages versus Punitive Damages?

A Denver personal injury attorney explains the difference between compensatory and punitive damages for personal injury awards.

When the victims of negligence succeed in recovering awards for their injuries and losses, this compensation can include various types of damages, depending on the nature of the negligence, the injuries sustained and other factors.

In general, however, personal injury settlements can comprise two types of damages: compensatory damages and punitive damages. And understanding the difference between the two can be important setting realistic expectations when pursuing a personal injury case.

Compensatory Damages

These are the damages that are awarded to injured people as a way to try to restore them, compensating them for the injuries and losses they suffered as a result of some negligence. Although the nature and amounts of compensatory damages differ from case to case, generally, these awards can include damages for:

Punitive Damages

These damages are not intended to compensate victims but are, instead, meant to punish the negligent party. When it comes to punitive damages, here’s what you should know:

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If you have been injured by the negligence of another party, you can turn to a Denver personal injury attorney at Bell & Pollock, P.C. for experienced help advocating your rights and pursuing justice.

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