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The Difference Between Property & Personal Damages March 4, 2020

Boston, Suffolk
The Difference Between Property & Personal Damages, Boston, Massachusetts

There are two types of damages that an attorney can pursue on behalf of a client injured in a car accident. Often, the term "damages" brings up thoughts of property damages, which primarily involve the damage done to the client's automobile. However, "damages" also refers to the injuries and health-related problems caused by the incident. Learn more about these two concepts below.

Property Damages

While property damages can include broken eyeglasses or the bent frame of a bicycle, it most often refers to the destruction of an automobile. Even the vehicle's internal components may be destroyed in an accident, depending on the severity. Either way, a claim for damages that involve severe destruction of a car is a reasonably straightforward process.

Compared to other types of damages, the cost to repair a vehicle is mild, and insurance companies often offer reasonable settlements. For this reason, some attorneys don't accept personal injury cases in which there are no bodily injuries to pursue. In these situations, it's easier and more cost-effective to deal with the insurance company one-on-one.

Health-Related Damages 

Doctors reviewing xrays for personal injury case

Damages to your person are far more complicated, as physical injuries aren't as easily repaired as property damages. While there's undoubtedly the cost of immediate medical care to treat the injuries of an accident victim, the need for treatment rarely stops there. When you're injured in an auto accident, you may need physical therapy to recover, or you may need additional surgeries.

In more severe accidents, your lawyer may have to help you obtain compensation for your inability to return to work. This is common when an accident results in a long-term or permanent disability. In any case, damages will also be pursued for missed days from work while you're recovering.

Additionally, your attorney will likely try to seek damages for pain and suffering. Many accident victims are left with emotional trauma, so you may need compensation to cover psychological counseling.


If you were physically injured in an accident, you need the experience of a personal injury attorney. Bellotti Law Group, P.C. has been practicing in the Boston Metro area since 1989, so they know the courts and they’re skilled with negotiating for fair settlements. To schedule an initial consultation to discuss your case, visit them online or call (617) 778-1000.

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