When you’re injured in an accident, medical bills start to pile up. Your ability to perform your job may be impacted, leading to a reduction in much-needed income. Perhaps your accident also resulted in property damage that adds up to quite a sum of money.
If you’ve suffered a personal injury due to someone else’s negligence, you already know that your life (and likely that of your family’s) has been affected more than just financially. Luckily, in California, plaintiffs can seek compensation for two types of damages: economic and non-economic. These two separate types of compensation account for the myriad ways your accident has impacted your ability to work, engage in physical activity, and lead a normal life without stress and emotional pain. So how are these damages defined and categorized when it comes to seeking a recovery in your personal injury case?
Economic Damages Address Money Lost or Owed Due to an Accident
Simply put, economic damages refer to the extent to which your accident affects your financial situation, now and in the future.
When most people think of securing a recovery in a personal injury case, they’re usually thinking in terms of economic damages, at least to begin with. How will I pay my bills? How will I afford medical treatment? Who will be the primary breadwinner now that I’m injured and unable to perform my job?
These are all important considerations, of course. But as we’ll see, there’s a lot more to consider in order to paint a full picture of your injury, and a good lawyer will take the time to talk to you, listen, and understand the full effects of your injury on your life.
Non-Economic Damages Address the Losses That Are Harder to Quantify
It’s not too difficult to put a dollar amount on things like medical treatment, lost wages, and property damage when you’re pursuing a claim against a negligent party. But how do you translate your pain and suffering and emotional distress (and that of your family) into a dollar amount?
The truth is that there are no hard-and-fast rules about how to calculate non-economic damages, but the right legal team can use their considerable experience to understand your situation and devise an accurate figure that represents what you’ve been through and the resources you’ll need moving forward.
Arendsen Braddock LLP digs deep beneath the surface of your story to understand what your accident means for you, your life, and your family — not just now, but for the rest of your life. We take all the necessary steps to get an accurate picture of your situation, from conducting our own investigation with a team of independent investigators to working with your doctors to get a clear sense of your injuries and what it will take to get you healed.
We also talk with your family members to hear their story and learn how your accident has impacted them. It’s all part of our strategy for helping a jury understand everything your injury has cost you — even the things that are difficult to quantify.
To talk to an experienced San Diego injury lawyer about your personal injury case, get in contact with the team at Arendsen Braddock LLP today. Consultations are free, and there’s no fee unless we win a recovery for you.