Accidents can strike unexpectedly, leaving individuals with physical injuries, emotional trauma, and financial burdens. If you or a loved one has been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury claim. At McCune Law Group, we believe that every person should be aware of their rights and the types of damages available to them in a personal injury case. This blog aims to shed light on the various types of damages and compensation that can be pursued in such situations.
Economic damages, also known as special damages, are intended to reimburse the victim for the quantifiable monetary losses resulting from the injury. These damages typically include:
- Medical Expenses: This encompasses all medical bills related to the injury, such as hospitalization, surgeries, doctor visits, medication, rehabilitation, and assistive devices.
- Lost Wages: If the injury causes the victim to miss work, they can claim compensation for lost income during the recovery period.
- Property Damage: In cases involving motor vehicle accidents or incidents where personal property is damaged, the cost of repairing or replacing the damaged property can be claimed.
- Future Earnings: If the injury causes a long-term or permanent disability that affects the victim’s ability to earn a living, they may seek compensation for future lost wages and reduced earning capacity.
Non-economic damages, also known as general damages, are more challenging to quantify as they address the intangible losses resulting from the injury. These may include:
- Pain and Suffering: Compensation for the physical pain and emotional distress endured by the victim due to the injury.
- Emotional Distress: This accounts for the psychological impact of the accident, such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and loss of enjoyment of life.
- Loss of Consortium: If the injury negatively impacts the victim’s relationship with their spouse or immediate family, a claim for loss of consortium may be pursued.
- Disfigurement or Scarring: Compensation for the disfigurement or permanent scarring resulting from the accident.
Punitive & Wrongful Death Damages
In certain cases involving egregious negligence or intentional misconduct, punitive damages may be awarded to the victim. Unlike economic and non-economic damages, punitive damages are not meant to compensate the victim but rather to punish the responsible party and deter similar behavior in the future. If a personal injury case results in the death of the victim, their surviving family members may pursue a wrongful death claim. Wrongful death damages may include compensation for funeral expenses, loss of financial support, loss of companionship, and emotional distress suffered by the surviving family members.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How much compensation can I receive for my personal injury case?
The amount of compensation you may receive for your personal injury case depends on several factors, including the extent of your injuries, the impact on your life, and the degree of negligence exhibited by the responsible party. Economic damages, such as medical expenses and lost wages, are typically straightforward to calculate since they are quantifiable. Non-economic damages, like pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of consortium, are more subjective and may vary based on the circumstances of your case. In general, personal injury cases may be worth thousands or even millions, depending on the damages.
What is the difference between economic and non-economic damages?
In a personal injury case, economic damages refer to the tangible financial losses resulting from the injury, such as medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and future earning capacity. These damages are easier to quantify as they are based on actual expenses and financial records. On the other hand, non-economic damages address the intangible losses that may not have a precise monetary value. These include pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and disfigurement.
Is it possible to sue for a personal injury that resulted in the death of a loved one?
Yes, if the personal injury leads to the death of the victim, surviving family members may pursue a wrongful death claim. Wrongful death damages aim to provide compensation to the surviving family for the financial and emotional losses resulting from the untimely death of their loved one. These damages may include funeral expenses, loss of financial support, loss of companionship, and emotional distress. Pursuing a wrongful death claim can be emotionally challenging, but having a compassionate and knowledgeable attorney from McCune Law Group by your side can help you navigate the legal process while you focus on grieving and healing.
How You Can Start a Personal Injury Claim
If an accident left you or a loved one dealing with debilitating injuries, emotional trauma, or financial problems, you may be entitled to a significant amount of financial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other physical or psychological harm. If you are ready to start a claim, here is what to do:
- Fill out our contact form with your information
- Set up your free consultation
- Meet with our Personal Injury attorneys
- Discuss your potential case
- Discuss your next steps
McCune Law Group Fights for Maximum Recovery
Personal injury cases can be complex, and understanding the different types of damages available to consumers is crucial in securing fair compensation for the harm they have endured. At McCune Law Group, our team of experienced attorneys is dedicated to helping injured consumers navigate the legal process and obtain the compensation they deserve. If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident, we are here to provide compassionate and skilled legal representation. Remember, knowing your rights is the first step towards seeking justice and rebuilding your life after a personal injury.
Find out how we can help you by calling (909) 345-8110 for a free, confidential consultation!