we seek two primary types of damages: economic damages and non-economic damages.
Economic damages, also known as compensatory damages, attempt to compensate the injured car crash victim for his or her monetary losses. Common economic damages awarded in car accident lawsuits include:
– Medical Expenses: This could include expenses for emergency room visits, hospitalization, emergency surgery, any assistive devices and future appointments with a medical professional.
– Future Medical Expenses: If the car accident victim can prove that he or she will need continued medical care as a result of the crash, they may be able to recover the cost of future medical expenses.
– Lost Wages: Car accident victims who have been injured can seek compensation for lost wages from the time of injury to the conclusion of the lawsuit. Even if the victim was unemployed, he or she could receive compensation for lost wages if the attorney can prove that the accident limited his or her earning potential.
– Loss of Earning Capacity: If you sustained injuries that prevent you from working, you may be able to receive compensation by proving that the car accident had a negative impact on your earning capacity. In this case, the jury will typically determine the amount the victim could have earned if the car accident had not occurred.
Non-economic damages award the plaintiff for non-financial losses, such as pain and suffering from a car accident. Damages for non-monetary losses are typically harder to determine and may include compensation for the following:
– Pain and Suffering: In awarding damages for pain and suffering, the jury will examine the extent of your injuries, including how long you are expected to suffer, the nature of the injury, and what financial burdens the incident places on you and your family.
– Mental Anguish: You may also be able to get compensation for the emotional pain you faced after the accident. Mental anguish can include feelings of fright, nervousness, worry, grief, and any other type of emotional trauma a victim can face after a devastating accident.
– Loss of Consortium: The surviving spouse may be awarded compensation for the loss of services, assistance, aid, and companionship of his or her loved one in the case of a wrongful death caused by a car accident. Surviving parents may be awarded compensation for the loss of love, affection and companionship of their minor children as a result of their wrongful death. Likewise, minor children may be awarded compensation for the loss of services, assistance, aid, and companionship of their parents as a result of their wrongful death.
– Punitive Damages: If the actions of the defendant were so malicious or egregious so as to inflame and anger the jury, the jury may impose punitive damages, which are intended to punish the defendant and discourage similar behavior in the future.