Non-Economic Damages in a Personal Injury Claim Settlement

It’s obvious that a serious injury resulting from an accident can cause victims major inconvenience and financial hardship. It may cause them to lose weeks of work and wages, possibly impacting the future of their careers. Hospital bills and the costs of rehabilitation pile up as well. But what about the personal injury claim damages that are more difficult to directly calculate?

Also recoverable in a claim are: 

  • loss of consortium;
  • pain and suffering;
  • disfigurement; and
  • other non-economic damages.

These damages can be difficult to define. Although most of us can understand how a person’s life can be negatively impacted by physical disability and chronic pain, it can be tricky to quantify these losses and put a price tag on them when filing a personal injury claim

What can constitute non-economic damages? 

If an accident victim’s injuries cause serious emotional distress and anguish, like fear, anxiety, and other similar symptoms, he or she may pursue non-economic damages for mental anguish or emotional distress. Pain and suffering may also be recoverable for the toll that the accident takes on the victim.

If it prevents the victim from engaging in family activities, playing with children, or affects his or her relationship with a spouse, the victim can pursue loss of consortium damages. Those who have been physically scarred or disfigured in an accident can also claim non-economic damages because the noticeable disfigurement may cause social anxiety and relationship issues in some cases.

Having a committed attorney helping with the case is important when pursuing compensation for an accident-related injury. The attorney will represent the best interests and help build the case to  fight for all the damages collectable in a personal injury case: both economic and non-economic.