personal injury recovery

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In tort law, personal injury recovery constitutes compensation for economic and non-economic damages inflicted as a result of another’s negligence. Common types of damages for which an individual may receive such compensation include pain and suffering, medical expenses, impairment, as well as lost wages and earning capacity. Punitive damages may also be awarded—generally in cases of extreme recklessness, although specific grounds vary by state

[Last updated in August of 2021 by the Wex Definitions Team]