Non-Economic Damages for Personal Injury
Personal injury lawsuits involve a massive variety of cases. Personal injury cases include slip and fall accidents, auto accidents, workplace accidents, cruise ship accidents, dog bite injuries, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, DUI accidents, theme park accidents, and wrongful death accidents. Depending on factors that caused the accident, what injuries resulted from the accident, and how the accident changed lives, compensation is granted. The amount of monetary compensation that is granted depends on these factors, as well as additional factors. Economic damages are compensation that is received due to money lost as a result of an accident. Economic damages include money for future economic losses (i.e. wages you might have earned), money for household duties you are unable to perform, lost wages, money to repair your car, and medical bills. Aside from economic damages for personal injury, the following are non-economic damages for personal injury.
Accidents may affect the mental state of all parties involved, including anxiety, stress, fright, depression, trauma, or grief.
Pain and Suffering
In addition to the pain and discomfort caused from an accident, there may be detrimental effects that increases the likelihood of a person suffering as a result of the defendant’s negligence. Pain and suffering includes not only physical pain, but also emotional and mental injuries, including grief, worry, fear, and even loss of the enjoyment of life.
Damage to Ones Reputation
A difficult-to-determine factor of an accident is damage to ones reputation. If someone is involved in an accident, their friends and coworkers may judge them for the accident. Say a pilot is involved in a car accident, coworkers and customers may ask if their ability to drive is damaged, if they were not concentrating on the road, or state other judgments that damage the pilot’s reputation.
Worsening of Previous Injuries
Another non-economic damage of personal injury cases is worsening of previous injuries. Picture a middle-aged man who previously suffered from weak knees, falls off of a broken ladder at work. Because he already had weak knees, the fall can worsen this already existent injury.
One of the most severe non-economic damages resulting from an accident is permanent disability. Permanent disability includes musculoskeletal problems (back conditions, or dysfunctions of the joints and bones), senses and speech issues (vision and hearing loss), respiratory issues, and cardiovascular issues, mental disorders (depression, anxiety).
Personal injury accidents entail various injuries and damages, some of which are economical, and some of which are non-economical. Common non-economical damages from personal injury cases include mental anguish, pain and suffering, damage to ones reputation, and permanent disability. Because it becomes detailed and complex to determine whether your damages are economical or non-economical, contact a personal injury attorney to guide you through the process. When hiring a personal injury attorney, look for an attorney with experience, and an attorney who will update you regularly throughout the process.
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