Noneconomic Damages compensate a personal injury claimant for any pain and suffering, grief, loss of enjoyment of life, anxiety, inconvenience, mental anguish, and emotional distress. These damages compensate you for the injuries you sustained in the accident, and the impact those injuries have had on your day to day life. The damages are based on the severity of the pain and extent of impact they had on your life. They are "non economic" in the sense that it is typically hard to put an actual dollar value, or ascribe a certain amount, to these types of injuries. Noneconomic damages can be difficult to quantify and recover because one person's view of "distress" and "pain and suffering" may be much different than someone else's view of those same damages. Retaining a qualified, experienced personal injury lawyer is critical to obtaining the most money possible for this somewhat esoteric category of damages.
Economic damages, unlike noneconomic damages, are damages and losses sustained by the personal injury victim which are indeed monetarily quantifiable. In other words, the accident and the resulting injuries cost the injured person money. These damages help reimburse those losses in an effort to make the person financially "whole" again. There are countless types of noneconomic damages, but the most common include: Medical, hospital and rehabilitative expenses (including future medical expenses); wage losses; business losses; lost earning capacity; future wage, business or earning capacity losses; property damage losses; and essential services losses. Most any financial loss that you can quantify as a result of your injuries can be claimed in this category of damages -- especially by a skilled injury attorney.
Permanent Impairment/Disfigurement Damages.
As a personal injury victim, you are also entitled to compensation for any permanent injuries you may have sustained as a result of the accident. Another term often used here is "residual impairment". Most all injury victims should seek and receive damages in this category, because unless your injuries have completely healed with no residual effects (and no scarring or disfigurement) of any kind, you have some degree of impairment. This category of damages is helpful to compensate folks who will have some impairment or disfigurement long after the case is resolved. Factors impacting the value of this type of damage include your age, the degree of the impairment and/or disfigurement and how it will impact your life, work and activities into the future.
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