The Difference Between Special and General Damages in a Personal Injury Case

The Difference Between Special and General Damages in a Personal Injury Case

“Damages” is the term used in legal-speak to define how much money you may receive as an award from a lawsuit. You can receive several types of damages, depending on the specifics of your lawsuit. In personal injury claims, common types of damages include general and special damages. 

General Damages

General damages are not easily defined as they do not involve things such as receipts of treatment as evidential proof. If you are claiming for general damages, you are asking for compensation for damages that do not have a specified monetary value. This may include pain and suffering, emotional or psychological trauma, and loss of consortium. 

Under Georgia law, you are entitled to seek general damages as part of a personal injury claim. To help you build your claim, seek advice from an experienced personal injury lawyer. H. Lehman Franklin P.C. offers excellence in support from a team of legal professionals. 

Special Damages

Special damages are clearly defined as those which can be assigned a specific monetary value. If you have medical expenses resulting from injury, lost wages, or damage to property, these things are considered special damages. You are out of pocket by amounts which are provable with receipts and records when you seek special damages. 

Understanding the Difference 

The court considers your special damages specific to you. Compensation deals with a monetary value that is tangible. General damages are calculated in a different way as there is no specific monetary value assigned things like pain and suffering, or loss of consortium. What you are awarded will depend on a number of factors. 

The amount you are awarded may be based on a mathematical calculation that takes special damages, medical special damages, and general damages into account. The truth is, calculating awards is a complicated process that may involve negotiations between your personal injury lawyer and the at-fault party’s insurance company.

Seek Personal Injury Representation in Georgia

If you have been injured in an accident which has an impact on your life far beyond your injuries, you may seek an award for general and special damages in Georgia. H. Lehman Franklin P.C. can represent your interests throughout the process. We will fight to ensure that you are awarded fair compensation for your pain and suffering. 

Our legal team has broad experience in various areas of personal injury law. Reach out to our offices for a free consultation to discuss the details of your case. Our passion for representing clients is based on a commitment to serving the communities of Georgia. Call our offices on 912-764-9616 or email at for expert personal injury consultation. We can visit you at home or a hospital bedside for your convenience. Your initial personal injury consultation is free of charge.