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Guide to Alabama Personal Injury Law – Part 4 – Understanding Damages Received



Guide to Alabama Personal Injury Claims - Part 4 - Understanding the Damages you may Receive

The damages you will receive for a winning Alabama injury case greatly depend on the type of case in question and the form of wrong you suffered. For example, in a typical auto accident case, you may receive reimbursement for medical treatment, lost wages and money damages for pain and suffering.

If, however, your spouse passed away due to a drunk driver’s negligence, you may also be entitled to damages for loss of consortium, which compensates for the loss of companionship, income, child care and other services provided by your spouse. So, while the specific damages you receive will vary, here is a general overview of the damages you may be entitled to for your Alabama injury case.

A General Overview on Possible Damages for a Winning Case

One of the more common ways to receive damages in Alabama is through reimbursement. In an Alabama accident, courts understand that victims suffer real losses, and reimbursement is a way to compensate for that loss.

If you receive reimbursement damages, you may receive compensation for the following:

  • Medical Bills and Future Medical Costs
  • Lost Wages and Future Lost Income
  • Loss of Property Use That Occurred Because of the Injury

In addition to damages of this sort, victims may also be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering. Juries tend to award large pain and suffering damages when the injuries are quite significant. If the pain and suffering damages will likely be significant, victims can expect the insurance company will attempt to settle. It is up to you and the advice of your attorney to determine whether a settlement offer is in your best interests in such a situation.

Emotional distress may also be compensated for in an Alabama injury case if the emotional distress can be proven through psychiatric records and/or a post-traumatic stress diagnosis. If you have suffered emotionally and it can be proven, your Alabama injury attorney will fight for additional compensation based on this harm.

If a surviving family is bringing a lawsuit on the behalf of a deceased loved one, the family may be entitled to wrongful death compensation. Similarly, a spouse may sue for loss of companionship/loss of consortium damages, which compensates the family member for the loss of their relationship as well as any financial losses from the spouse’s death.

Finally, Alabama also allows for punitive damages. Unlike the other forms of damages, punitive damages are not intended to make a plaintiff whole, even though the damages are still paid to the plaintiff. Instead, damages of this type are designed to punish a defendant for their egregious and wrongful behavior, thereby acting as a deterrent for future wrongful behavior of this nature.


A trusted Alabama personal injury lawyer will fight for your right to receive the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to under Alabama law. Alabama injury attorney Noel B. Leonard is an experienced and trusted Alabama personal injury lawyer who will fight to help you recover the compensation you need to make yourself whole.

Contact Alabama injury attorney Noel B. Leonard or call 251-943-8638 to talk with an Alabama personal injury lawyer who will help you win your case and repair your life with the compensation you need.

Noel represents injured victims from his Foley office and provides his services to residents of Foley as well as Baldwin, Mobile and Escambia Counties.


To learn more about Alabama Personal Injury, review all six parts to this guide:

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