Being injured because of the negligence of another party can change your life. Besides the physical pain and anguish of your injury, you may also have to deal with expensive medical bills, ongoing treatment like physical therapy, and missed time from work.
In a civil lawsuit, a plaintiff brings charges against a defendant for a negligent act or wrongdoing. If the plaintiff wins the case, they are given a monetary award. These rewards are also called civil damages, and can be classified in two categories, “compensatory” or “punitive.”
If you’ve been injured because of the negligence or wrongdoing of another party, you may decide to file a civil lawsuit with the hopes of being compensated for your suffering and the expenses associated with it. If you win the case, the court will award you compensatory or punitive damages (or both).