What Are Non-Economic Damages in a Personal Injury Claim?

  • When you’re injured in an accident, the losses—physical, emotional, financial—can feel overwhelming. If you’re not the one who didn’t cause the accident that hurt you, you shouldn’t be responsible for the fees associated with recovery. But, do you have the experience and knowledge to know what to include in your claim’s overall value? 

    Unfortunately, you might not have the resources to calculate non-economic damages in a personal injury claim. Read on to learn more about non-financial damages and how to calculate their value. 

    Emotional Losses

    When you’re injured by someone else’s carelessness, your first concern might be the expenses that will accrue because of injuries, property damage, and other losses. Typically, these losses are simpler to calculate because they have a monetary value attached. If it would cost $5,000 to repair your car, then you should receive $5,000 for your car accident. 

    Non-economic damages are not so clear-cut. For example, let’s say you were injured in a slip-and-fall accident. A bone fracture may be extremely painful, but your medical bills don’t include your suffering. That suffering, however, should be included in the compensation owed to you by the at-fault party. 

    If you’ve been injured, chances are good that you also need compensation for your non-economic damages, not just your expenses. Reach out for help from your Sandy personal injury lawyer if you believe you’ve suffered any of the following non-economic losses: 

    • Pain and suffering 
    • Emotional trauma
    • Mental anguish
    • Loss of enjoyment of life 
    • Loss of consortium

    How to Calculate Your Non-Economic Damages

    When you’ve suffered more than your physical injuries, you may be eligible for compensation that covers those losses, too. However, you might be unsure what those losses are worth. Fortunately, that’s where your lawyer can step in with the right tools and resources. 

    When calculating non-economic damages, you’ll typically focus on the severity of your suffering and the impact of those losses. 

    For example, if you suffer a painful injury that will heal over time, you may be compensated for those losses. If your injury causes chronic pain that will never ease or heal, you will likely be due more compensation. 

    Some injuries may affect certain groups more than others. A disfiguring scar, for example, could affect a model’s career in negative ways, leading to more money lost over time. Someone in a different occupation might not be as affected. Because the differences in effect can range, your attorney could be crucial to determining the full and fair value of your injury claim.

    Contact a Sandy Lawyer after an Injury

    When you’re suffering from the consequences of a serious injury, you may need help getting the full compensation you need for recovery. When you’re suffering, it can be tough to focus on your financial recovery, especially when you’re dealing with complex issues like non-economic damages. 

    Save yourself the time and stress by talking to a lawyer from Craig Swapp & Associates. We can help you calculate your claim, starting with a free consultation. To get started, reach out by calling 1-800-404-9000 or by visiting our website to learn more.