Your car accident has cost you in so many ways. Medical bills, time away from work, and other expenses plus your pain and suffering and inability to participate in the activities and lifestyle you enjoyed before your accident. And this is just the beginning. The life-time costs of your injuries will likely be far greater than the initial costs and far more than you currently anticipate. You need to know what types of damages you can recover for your car accident injury claim.
Existing and Future Damages
Right now, you are probably focused on your existing and short-term future damages. When seeking compensation, that is not enough. You must recover compensation for your full future damages, the expenses and losses you will incur for the rest of your life. What you get now is all you will get. You will not be able to go back and ask for more if you settle for too little and the money runs out in a few years, leaving you and your family financially devastated.
Economic and Noneconomic Damages
You can recover both economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages are those which can be connected to a specific dollar amount, such as:
- Medical expenses
- Special equipment and home modifications to accommodate disability
- Help with tasks you can no longer perform
- Lost income
- Lost earning capacity
Noneconomic damages are more difficult to calculate. There are no receipts or projections for money that will be spent or lost. But noneconomic damages are the losses that probably mean the most to you and your family, such as:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Physical impairment
- Diminished quality of life
- Loss of enjoyment of life