Which Types of Damages are Available in Personal Injury Claims?
The ultimate goal of people who file personal injury claims is to recover damages to compensate them for their losses. There are several different classifications of damages a person can recover in an injury claim, including the following:
- Economic damages. These are damages that are somewhat easy to quantify. Common examples include medical costs incurred, lost wages and property damage. Each of these costs are measurable — medical bills provide evidence of how much a person had to pay for treatment, and one can easily calculate lost wages based on the amount of days/weeks of work missed. The assistance of a professional might be required to assess the level of property damage done to your vehicle in a car accident, but it is still an exact amount.
- Noneconomic damages. These are damages that are not as easy to quantify. It can be difficult to put a dollar figure on a person’s physical pain, suffering, inconvenience or emotional anguish, for example. It’s also tough to predict the cost of future medical expenses or loss of future earning capacity. Courts and insurance adjusters tend to use certain multipliers to come to specific dollar figures for noneconomic damages.
- Punitive damages. These are damages meant to punish individuals for their wrongdoing, and are generally only awarded in cases involving reckless negligence or intent. These types of damages are awarded relatively rarely in personal injury claims. When they are awarded, it is usually to make a statement about the particularly abhorrent nature of the defendant’s actions.
If you have questions regarding the types of damages you could potentially recover in your personal injury claim, contact an experienced Houston attorney at Cire Law Firm. To get started, call us at 713.532.6206 or contact us online.