Damages in Personal Injury Accident Case
If you’ve been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, such as a car accident, the amount of compensation you may be entitled to is based on your damages. Your damages can include both economic and non-economic damages.
But how do you calculate these damages? Reach out to a lawyer at Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP for the guidance you need. We offer help to those suffering from a serious injury who needs compensation for their damages.
What Are Non-Economic Damages?
Non-economic damages are caused by someone else’s negligence and typically refer to damages that impact your quality of life. They may not have an obvious financial amount, such as the costs to repair your car, but they should still be covered by your damages.
Your non-economic damages can include the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Disfigurement and/or scarring
- Disability and/or impairment
- Loss of quality or enjoyment of life
- Embarrassment or humiliation
- Sexual dysfunction
- Emotional injuries such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, and/or anger
- Loss of companionship, love, and/or affection
What Are Economic Damages?
Non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, are more subjective than economic damages. Economic damages, on the other hand, are the actual monetary losses as a result of an accident. Economic damages caused by someone else’s negligence can include the following:
- Past medical expenses
- Future medical expenses such as surgery, physical therapy, and/or occupational therapy
- Lost wages, including actual loss of earnings, loss of earning potential, and benefits
- Travel expenses to and from medical appointments
- Home health care
- Home services
- Medical supplies and equipment
- Modifications to a residence and/or vehicle to accommodate a disability
How To Prove Your Pain and Suffering
Economic and non-economic damages in personal injury cases must be proven. Often, economic damages are easier to prove. Economic damages can be proved with documentary evidence such as pay stubs, medical bills, and receipts.
Non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, are proved through your medical records. The medical records will detail the subjective complaints you told your doctors. Your medical records will detail your level of pain, clinical findings, objective findings (such as an X-ray documenting a fracture and/or MRI documenting a herniated or bulging disc).
Non-economic damages can also be proven through your testimony regarding the effect your injuries had on your life and daily activities. Your lawyer can help you gather this evidence as you prepare for your claim.
Calculate Your Personal Injury Claim with a Lawyer
If you or somebody you love has been injured due to an accident, reach out to the accident attorneys at Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP. We have over twenty-five years of experience negotiating with insurance companies and pursuing litigation to help accident victims recover the compensation they deserve.
Our firm’s motto is “Don’t Be A Victim Twice,” and we’ll fight to prevent insurers from making you a victim again. Call 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462) to schedule a confidential consultation. The call is free. The consultation is free. You don’t pay us unless we are successful—that’s our fee guarantee.