Calculating Non-Economic Damages
A capable personal injury lawyer can give you an estimate of your case's value. Personal injury cases can have economic and non-economic damages. Experience helps with estimating and calculating Non-Economic Damages. While current medical bills can be relatively straightforward, figuring out future medical bills can be more difficult. But perhaps even more difficult is estimating non-economic damages.
Non-economic damages will be different for each person. Think about how an injury may affect someone's ability to work. That is covered under economic damages in a personal injury settlement. However, what about non-economic damages like pain and suffering, or loss of consortium? These damages are harder to put a number on.
Portland Personal Injury Attorneys can discuss what a fair amount might be for your particular injury. This gives you the peace of mind of knowing that your settlement or verdict will adequately cover your injuries instead of leaving money on the table. Read on to learn about types of non-economic damages, or call now (971-205-3266) for a free personal injury consultation.
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Types of Non-Economic Damages
There are actually many different non-economic damages a person can suffer, depending on their particular lifestyle and their particular accident. These can include:
- Pain & suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
Loss of Enjoyment of Life
For instance, say a person is an avid swimmer. They swim several times per week and generally draw an immense amount of satisfaction from this activity. If this person suffers an injury that makes it impossible for them to swim, they should be compensated for this loss. It may not necessarily cost them money, but it does impact their enjoyment of life and impact their overall satisfaction. This is not something insignificant – it needs to be covered by the at-fault insurance company.
Pain and Suffering
Some injuries never fully heal. They will affect an injured person for the rest of their lives. Related medical bills definitely deserve compensation. However, what about the damage to a person's life from lingering pain or mental suffering from experiencing a traumatic event? This kind of damage deserves compensation as well.
Putting a value on this kind of damage can be difficult. Insurance companies are happy to avoid paying any money for this kind of damage. A personal injury lawyer can really help in this area. At Johnson Law, we evaluate a case holistically. When we negotiate with insurance companies we will be sure to go after compensation for pain and suffering as well as other non-economic damages.
Loss of Consortium
Loss of consortium is the loss of the family relationship a particular person would have with the deceased but for the negligent action. This will make up a portion of the damages sought by a wrongful death lawyer when they assess the value of your loss. While this money will never bring a loved one back, it can help a family with closure after an untimely death.
Disfigurement is damage to one's physical appearance. Injuries will often leave people with scars or other visible damage. This damage to one's appearance is another example of non-economic damage. We live in a world where people judge others by how they look. We even judge ourselves. This will often impact how happy or unhappy a person may be. If you were disfigured by the negligence of another, you deserve compensation.
Free Personal Injury Consultations
Portland Personal Injury Attorneys can discuss your particular injuries and how they have impacted your life to accurately estimate your non-economic damages. If your injury has negatively impacted your life, that needs to be taken into account before settling your case.
At Johnson Law, our Portland Personal Injury Attorneys will ensure that you get every penny you are owed. If you can no longer engage in your favorite activities or have lost the ability to fully enjoy life, we will make sure the responsible parties are held accountable. For a free consultation, contact us right away.