If you’ve been injured in an accident, the amount of damages potentially
available to you is a relevant consideration when deciding if you should
pursue a lawsuit. Many
personal injury cases feature a negligence claim against the person who caused the accident.
In these cases, there are three categories of damages available to a plaintiff:
Economic Damages: This category of damages includes past and future lost income, past and
future medical expenses related to the accident, and property damage.
Generally, economic damages are established through records of medical
expenses and records of past income. Any recovery for future economic
damages likely stems from testimony from a medical or vocational expert
as to the cost of future medical care and your ability to maintain employment
in light of your injuries.
Noneconomic Damages: This category of damages includes past and future pain and suffering,
inconvenience, emotional stress, and impairment in quality of life. Damages
associated with noneconomic damages depend upon the unique circumstances
of your accident and your injuries. In many cases, you need to “paint
a picture” for a jury about your life before and after the accident.
Powerful testimony for noneconomic damages is grounded in photographs,
videos, and relevant writings from your life, as well as testimony from
friends and family.
Permanent Impairment: This category of damages relates to any injury or physical change in your
body that will not improve in the future. An example of permanent impairment
is a hand injury that results in the inability to utilize or move some
of your fingers. In many cases, a medical, occupational, or vocational
expert can testify as to the permanent nature of your injuries.
As you can see, there are many factors associated with the amount of damages
you can pursue in a lawsuit stemming from an accident. Regardless of the
severity of your injuries, it’s imperative that you consult with
a skilled attorney before pursuing a lawsuit in order to ensure you are
employing the best possible strategy for your case. At Jorgensen, Brownell
& Pepin, P.C., our lawyers are well versed in the intricacies of personal
injury cases, and we have a track record of obtaining fair compensation
for accident victims both through settlement and jury trials. Contact
us for a free consultation.