3 Types of Damages You Can Receive After a Florida Car Accident
After a car accident, an injured person may be able to claim up to three types of damages as compensation for their injuries. Here’s how to know which you qualify for.
1. Economic DamagesAfter an accident, economic damages will be used to cover expenses and costs that are direct results of the accident itself. These are losses that have a dollar amount associated with them. The most common types of economic damages include:
Medical expenses (past, present and future): All medical expenses including the cost of the ambulance, any care you receive, follow-up appointments, etc.
Physical therapy: Any home health care or physical therapy requirements will be covered by economic damages.
Loss of wages: Any work wages you are missing out on both currently and in the future can fall under economic damages.
Childcare: If you are unable to provide or care for your child, damages can be paid to compensate.
Property damage: Any damages you received to your own property (car, home, etc.) can be covered under economic damages.
Your attorney can help you determine which economic damages you are due based on the details of your case and injuries.
2. Non-Economic DamagesUnlike economic damages, non-economic damages don’t have a definitive price for the loss. Instead, these damages cover losses that are more subjective and personal in nature.
Pain and suffering: Pain and suffering refers to the physical pain one goes through after an accident and on into the future. These losses are calculated on a case-by-case basis since they cannot be converted to lost dollars, but more of a loss of quality of life.
Disfigurement: Non-economic damages will cover the losses associated with losing a limb, loss of eyesight or other disfigurement caused by an injury.
Mental anguish: After an accident, the injured person’s mental health can take many turns, and this can cause suffering on a different level than physical. This is also determined on a case-by-case basis as to the severity.
Non-economic damages can be much more difficult to prove than economic damages. Your attorney will be able to determine if you can qualify for any non-economic damages and their amounts.
3. Punitive DamagesPunitive damages are completely different in nature from economic and non-economic damages.
Punitive damages are not necessarily tied to any loss that an injured person has experienced. Instead, punitive damages are used to punish the person or entity responsible for the accident in the first place. For example, if someone is injured due to a drunk driver, the drunk driver can be billed for punitive damages.
The state of Florida does limit punitive damages to three times the amount of economic/non-economic damages or $500,000.
Which Types of Damages Do You Qualify For?Your attorney will be able to help you through the legal process and create your case in a way that allows you to receive all of the compensation you deserve. If you’ve been injured, contact a local personal injury attorney to schedule an initial consultation (usually free) and get started on the road to recovery.