Damages are categorized differently in personal injury and wrongful death cases. Damages are usually categorized as actual damages, which can include special and general damages, or as exemplary and punitive damages. When evaluating claims the most common division is between special and general damages. Special damages are those that are subject to reasonably specific calculations. General damages are those that cannot be easily calculated and that are subjective. The adjuster must at some point make a realistic estimate of the special and general damages incurred by the plaintiff.
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