What Kind of Damages Can I Recover in a Personal Injury Claim?

In a personal injury claim, a plaintiff may be able to recover a wide variety of damages that are intended to compensate for all of his damages or losses in the accident. The damages can include both compensatory as well as non-compensatory damages. Compensatory damages again can be divided into economic damages and noneconomic damages.

Economic Damages

The economic damages that you can name in your claim include medical expenses that we have suffered as a result of your injuries, and lost income from days lost off work as a result of the injuries. Besides, you can also account for any potential diminished income in the future as part of your economic damages. Economic damages will also help pay for your property damage, including damage to your car in the accident. For assistance filing a claim, speak with a Denver car accident lawyer.

Noneconomic Damages

Noneconomic damages are a little more difficult to quantify. These are those damages that are meant to compensate you for the nonfinancial injuries. These damages will help to compensate you for the pain and suffering that you suffered in the accident, as well as emotional suffering and emotional anguish. For instance, if, in the weeks and months after the accident, you suffered from sleeplessness, anxiety, trauma, or symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, you may be able to claim damages for pain and suffering.

Other noneconomic damages can include loss of enjoyment of life and loss of consortium, which is usually claimed by the spouse of the injured plaintiff, and is meant to compensate for the loss of marital relations, and loss of spousal affection as a result of the injuries.

For help determining the damages you must include in your claim, speak to a Denver car accident lawyer

By: Dallas Norton

Dallas Norton, the founding partner of Norton & Bowers, has practiced law with a focus on personal injury since 1992. Mr. Norton has extensive Colorado roots including grade school in Arvada and high school in Denver. He earned his J.D. from Brigham Young University Law School in 1991. When working on behalf of clients, Mr. Norton draws upon his extensive background in psychology and human resources.