Damages in a personal injury case vary, depending on the individual circumstances of each case.
Compensatory damages are a payment of money which will compensate the injured party for the injuries sustained, and nothing more. It is the amount of money which will simply make good or replace the loss caused by the wrong or injury. The amount of the compensation is very fact intensive and will vary from case to case depending on the particular circumstances. Typically compensatory damages may include:
Punitive damages are also sometimes called exemplary damages. This type of damages is awarded to the plaintiff over and above what will normally just compensate him for his loss, where the wrong done to him was aggravated by circumstances of violence, oppression, malice, fraud or wanton or wicked conduct on the part of the defendant. It is often thought of in terms of punishing the defendant for his evil behavior or to make an example of him for which reason they are called "punitive" damages
Wrongful Death Damages
In wrongful death cases there are statutorily defined damages recoverable which are somewhat different from the usual compensatory damages. These damages will usually vary from state to state. If they apply to your situation, they will be discussed with you by your personal injury attorney. Punitive damages are also recoverable in wrongful death cases, provided the aggravating circumstances exist as noted above.