Establishing a successful Connecticut personal injury claim does not mean simply proving that the other party was negligent. To recover compensation in a case, a plaintiff also has to prove their damages. Damages in personal injury claims refer to the amount of compensation a plaintiff should recover for their losses and injuries. By awarding damages, courts attempt to compensate a plaintiff for their loss to the extent it is possible to do so.
In order to recover damages, a plaintiff must show causation between their injury and the physical effects of the accident. This means that a plaintiff must prove that their injuries are not due to a pre-existing physical or mental condition. If a case is being tried before a jury, the jury will ultimately decide which damages are appropriate. A plaintiff is entitled to damages caused by a defendant, even if the plaintiff’s damages are more severe than would be expected due to some unusual aspect of the plaintiff’s health condition.
In personal injury claims, there are both general damages and special damages. General damages are those that necessarily and directly result from the injury. Special damages are those that are the natural consequences of the conduct but are not the necessary result of it. If a plaintiff claims special damages, the plaintiff must specify them in the complaint. Damages may include medical expenses, loss of earnings, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium, among other things.