Types of Damages You May Be Able To Recover
In a personal injury case, the word damages refers to losses suffered by the injury victim. These losses can be financial and easy to value, such as the cost of vehicle repair, or they can be intangible and challenging to calculate, such as emotional trauma. Generally speaking, damages are classified as economic or non-economic.
If it’s easy to place a dollar value on the loss suffered in a personal injury accident, that loss is likely to be considered economic. For example, if the auto body shop quotes you $5,000 to return your vehicle to its pre-accident state, that $5,000 is an economic damage. The most common economic damages arising from personal injury claims and lawsuits include:
- Medical bills, current and future
- Vehicle repair bills
- Other types of property damage
- Lost wages, current and future
Non-economic damages, on the other hand, are usually harder to prove but can have an even more devastating impact on the victim’s life. Emotional trauma, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), is an example of a non-economic damage. PTSD may negatively impact the victim’s ability to hold a job or even maintain healthy relationships for the rest of their life. But calculating the value of such a damage can be quite difficult. Common examples of non-economic damages include:
- Emotional pain and suffering
- Loss of compassion
- Loss of consortium
- Disability or disfigurement
At Dennis and King, our team of highly-skilled personal injury lawyers will thoroughly evaluate your case, determine fault, gather evidence, calculate damages, and negotiate for the maximum compensation available. We will ensure that your rights and best interests are protected throughout the entire process.