What Types of Non-Economic Damages Are Available in Personal Injury Cases?

There are two types of damages in personal injury cases: economic and non-economic. To the surprise of many, non-economic damages like the ones below far outweigh the financial cost of medical expenses and lost wages. Here’s what you need to know and how to get legal help after an accident.

Pain and Suffering 

Damages for pain and suffering are intended to help compensate the victim for the physical discomfort and agony experienced after being injured. How much compensation is awarded for pain and suffering largely depends on the severity of the victim’s injuries and how debilitating they are considered to be.

Emotional Trauma 

Accidents that result in injury — even ones that could be considered minor — are emotionally devastating. Coping mentally after an incident that caused an injury can be difficult and some victims may even suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The amount of compensation for emotional anguish is also related to the severity of injuries and impact on the victim’s life.

Loss of Consortium 

If you are the spouse of someone who was injured or killed in an accident, you may be eligible for compensation for loss of consortium. Essentially, the loss of consortium is the loss of the marital relationship, including the ability to be emotionally and physically intimate with your spouse. This is separate from compensation for an injured spouse’s lost wages.

Scarring and Disfigurement 

If the accident that injured you or your loved one resulted in permanent disfigurement or scarring, you may be able to collect additional compensation. For example, say you were in a car accident that resulted in severe trauma to your face. Despite surgery, you are left with permanent facial scars that impact your relationships and career, adding even more trauma to the incident.

Defamation or Humiliation 

In some instances, an accident victim suffers the loss of their good name and reputation as a result of the incident. If you can offer evidence that the incident has negatively impacted your relationships or your job, you may have the opportunity to negotiate a higher settlement award for the irreparable damage to your public persona.

How Can a California Personal Injury Lawyer Help? 

Were you injured through no fault of your own? Don’t wait to get help from an experienced California personal injury attorney. Your future and quality of life are on the line. Call now for your initial injury case consultation at (559) 431-4400.