Personal Injury Damages – An Overview
An overview of personal injury damages. Every year, millions of accidents occur to individuals across the nation. The unfortunately reality is that many individuals are injured in these accidents. Thousands of these cases end up in civil and federal courts with claimants seeking reimbursement and compensation for their injuries. After successfully stating a claim for negligence, the most crucial step occurs in every case- figuring out the amount of damages toward a claimant.
Most damages fall into two basic categories: economic damages and noneconomic damages. For some cases however, a third category of damages punitive damages are available. The paragraphs below give a brief overview of each of the categories of damages.
Economic Personal Injury Damages
Economic damages are damages intended to put an injured party back into the financial position they were in before an accident occurred. It refers to the compensation awarded for actual damages incurred as a result of another’s negligence. An injured party is usually able to have documented evidence showing the total amount economic damages. Some examples of economic damages include:
- medical expenses
- loss of past and future wages
- costs to repair or replace a motor vehicle
The state of Florida permits an injured victim to recover the full amount of economic damages.
Non-economic Personal Injury Damages
Non-economic damages are a form of compensation for related complications that result from a personal injury. They differ from economic damages because the amount of damages cannot be calculated. Instead, the amount of non-economic damages that will be awarded must be determined by a jury. This is a more subjective approach as it is left to opinion of the value of your claim. Some examples include:
- mental anguish
- emotional distress
- pain and suffering
- loss of companionship
- loss of enjoyment of life
Unlike economic damages, limitations can apply to non-economic damages. Because these damages are more difficult to translate into clear financial total, more unique arguments and comparisons must be made by your attorney.
Punitive Personal Injury Damages
Punitive Damages are not a form of common relief. They are neither economic or noneconomic damages. They are awarded only in instances in which there is intentional or reckless conduct.
The purpose of punitive damages is to punish an individual for their wrongdoing. Like non-economic damages, the amount of punitive damages recoverable vary depending on the facts surrounding your specific injury.
Have a Claim? Contact an Experienced Attorney
If you want more information regarding the types of damages recoverable for your personal injury claim in Santa Rosa, Petaluma and the nearby areas of Sonoma County, Mendocino County or Lake County California, contact Beck Law P.C., today. Our team is here to discuss the facts and circumstances of your claim to determine whether you have a cause of action and what your claim is worth. We are experienced attorneys who have handled many different types of personal injury cases, assisting our clients in obtaining the compensation they deserve. Contact us today.