If an injury has been caused by use of a dangerous drug, most claims will seek monetary compensation for the injuries suffered by the victim. In a personal injury case, the plaintiff (person injured) will have to prove his or her case to the court. To do so, the plaintiff must show that the defendant (manufacturer, doctor or pharmacist) owed a duty to the victim; the defendant violated the legal duty owed to the injured party; and the breach of that duty caused the plaintiff’s injury. Lastly, the plaintiff must show that there was a physical, or emotional, injury suffered. If the court finds that a claim for personal injury has been proven, damages will be determined. Usually, damages are monetary, and the court will determine various factors when deciding the amount of damages. Among these factors may be the extent of injuries suffered, future medical costs, any lost wages and whether the injury is long-lasting or permanent (causing loss of future employment, home assistance, etc.).