You may consider filing a personal injury claim if you have been injured in an accident. If you win your case, you will be entitled to recover a wide range of damages. The damages you can recover largely depend on your case circumstances. Consult with your personal injury lawyer, and they can identify which damages would be considered appropriate for your case.
Our law firm’s personal injury lawyers have vast experience determining what damages our clients should seek in their personal injury lawsuits. Therefore, if you are contemplating whether or not you should file a personal injury claim, you need to call our law offices and schedule a free case evaluation with a legal team member.
What are Economic and Non-Economic Damages?
Damages awarded in personal injury claims are divided into two distinct groups: economic and non-economic damages. Damages are monetary compensation that is awarded to injury victims.
Damages can be divided into different categories, including economic or non-economic damages.
Economic damages, also called special damages, are meant to reimburse the injury victim for the out-of-pocket costs they have had to pay or will be expected to pay in the future due to being injured.
Non-economic damages, also known as general damages, are granted based on
The unique conditions associated with your case. General damages are typically awarded based on a calculated formula.
Can I Receive Compensation for Medical Expenses?
If you are awarded damages in a personal injury case, you most likely will be able to recover compensation for the costs of your various medical expenses. This would fall under economic damages. Typically a settlement will include the money you have spent on ER and doctor visits, rehabilitation and physical therapy, and prescription drugs. It may also include financial compensation for future medical bills depending on the extent your injury is expected to last.
Other special damages include:
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Property damage
How Are Non-Economic Awarded?
Often it is difficult to put a price on the pain and suffering that an injury victim may have to deal with after an accident. However, juries are often instructed to consider several factors when determining a dollar amount that should be awarded in a settlement. They are:
- Degree of pain that is associated with the injury.
- The severity of the injury
- The potential for the injury to have ongoing consequences.
- The total amount of the economic losses that have been suffered.
- The effect on family members.
Can Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney Help Me Maximize My Compensation?
When you hire a personal injury attorney, you significantly increase your chances of obtaining a higher-paying settlement for your injuries. A skilled personal injury understands how to negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf to fight for fair compensation. In addition, if your case ends up going to court, they can produce evidence and documentation on your behalf to show the extent of your injuries. Contact our law firm at 706-420-2949 to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.