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What are damages?

In addition to proving that someone breached a legal duty owed to you, you must also prove that there is a direct connection between the accident and the injuries there were sustained. In other words, the law requires that you prove that the accident was the “proximate cause” of your injuries. The damages for which the law allows compensation include past and future medical expenses, past and future loss of earnings, other economic losses, permanent disability, psychological injuries, discomfort, pain, and suffering, and damages for the inability to perform one’s usual activities.