Understanding General Damages

Jun 1, 2021

general damages

Hello and welcome back to another episode of Ask a Litco Bro! In this series, Litco Law’s CEO and seasoned Personal Injury lawyer, Todd Litwiniuk, answers your most burning legal questions. Today, Todd gives us the lowdown on general damages— what they are, how they are calculated, and what to expect from your case. Watch the video or keep reading to learn more!

What are general damages?

Todd: Basically, what a case is worth is different for every person… so it depends upon duration and the severity of a person’s injury. One of the main heads of damages in a case is general damages— or what lawyers call general damages— which is the fancy legal term for compensation for pain, suffering and loss of amenities of life.

So in other words, general damages encompasses the things that you’re not able to do because of the accident, such as working, playing with your children, cleaning your house, or taking care of your general wellbeing. It’s your standard of living and how you live your daily life. General damages are calculated based on how long your injury lasts, how severe it is, and what past legal cases say your case is worth.

Thanks for the explanation, Todd! We hope this clears up any questions you may have about general damages, but if not, feel free to check out this handy article. Still have questions? Our empathetic team has got you covered, for free! At Litco Law, our lawyers are always ready to offer answers, and it won’t cost you a dime to ask. All you have to do is give us a call or email, or send us a message in the chat. We don’t get paid until you do, because we truly care— in fact, we think caring is the coolest!

Want to hear more from Litco Law’s CEO (and walking legal library), Todd? In case you missed our last Ask a Litco Bro, you can find it right here.


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