If you have suffered damages which include personal injury because of a defect in a product you have used, you might qualify for a defective products claim. One of the important aspects of a products liability claim is to determine to what extent you have been injured or sustained damages, and what are the extent of your losses. You should carefully list your losses and damages with relevant documentation and proof right from inception of your lawsuit to avoid them being denied at a later stage.
This is not the time for embellishment either. If you exaggerate in one area, the opposition or even the law firm on your side may ask you to refine your work and may not believe the other information you have delivered to them.
Damages are nothing but a legal term for the monetary compensation paid to you the plaintiff as the outcome of a lawsuit. Damages could be either compensation for losses and injury sustained, or as a form of punishment to the defendant for the wrongdoing, or both. Whatever the head, all damages ultimately equate to dollar terms.
A State Issue
If you are claiming damages under products liability law, your claim will be governed by state law because products liability is a state issue. The kind of damages you can claim and the amount of your claim will depend on where the action occurred and the local laws prevailing. However in all states, the basic categories of damages are the same.