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Damages You Can Claim in a Personal Injury Lawsuit

Posted on:3/10/2013
The damages that can be claimed in a personal injury claim are a combination of economic and non-economic losses.

Speak to an experienced personal injury attorney to know the damages you can claim. Economic losses are things such as your medical bills and your lost wages which have a clear dollar value. In a permanent injury situation, they would include any provable future medical bills or loss of earning capacity.


Non-economic damages do not have a clear preset dollar value, such as pain and suffering, anguish, disfigurement or deformity, inconvenience, and loss of quality of life. In some states, the spouse of the injured victim can claim loss of consortium. Your personal injury attorney can review your case and advise you of the damages - economic and non-economic, that you can claim.


The Defendant and their insurance company have to pay for everything that has happened to you caused by the accident from the time it happened until whenever the case is resolved, including any future events that are expected to happen. In accidents that result in death, there is a separate state statute which sets out the damages that can be awarded in a wrongful death case. They include economic damages, like the funeral expenses, medical bills to treat the person before they died, and the loss of their future earnings and services to family members who depended on those future earnings and services. Services include all of the tasks that the person did for the household, like cleaning, yard work, and home repairs. Typically, the earnings and services are calculated by an economist for presentation to the insurance company and jury as necessary.

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