In a personal injury case, you may be entitled to both economic and non-economic damages for the harm you have suffered. Economic damages are damages that can be quantified and calculated, such as medical expenses, lost wages, and property damage. Non-economic damages, on the other hand, are damages that are more difficult to quantify and relate to intangible losses, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Here are some common reasons why you may be entitled to non-economic damages:
- Pain and Suffering: You may be entitled to non-economic damages for the physical pain and suffering you have endured as a result of the accident or injury.
- Emotional Distress: You may be entitled to non-economic damages for the emotional distress you have suffered, such as anxiety, depression, and loss of enjoyment of life.
- Loss of Consortium: If your injuries have impacted your ability to enjoy a normal relationship with your spouse, you may be entitled to non-economic damages for loss of consortium.
- Disfigurement or Scarring: If your injuries have resulted in permanent disfigurement or scarring, you may be entitled to non-economic damages.
The amount of non-economic damages you may be entitled to will depend on the specific facts of your case and the extent of your injuries. It’s important to work with an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you understand your legal rights and options and pursue a fair settlement or verdict that accounts for both economic and non-economic damages.