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Know how to address economic and non-economic damages

On Behalf of | Jan 3, 2022 | Personal Injury |

Imposing liability is just one aspect of your personal injury claim. If you’re successful in proving liability, then you have to focus on proving your damages. After all, if you skimp on the damages portion of your claim, then you’ll be left without the compensation that you need to secure the stability and treatment that you need.

Proving your damages

There are two main categories of damages that you’ll want to address: economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are those that involve money. Many of these types of damages can be easily calculated, such as medical expenses that have already been incurred and wages that have already been lost. Other economic losses, though, such as anticipated lost wages, lost earnings capacity, and expected future medical expenses and rehabilitation costs are more challenging to calculate and may require the opinion of an expert in the field.

Non-economic damages, on the other hand, are those that are intangible. They might include your physical and emotional pain and suffering, but they can also include your loss of enjoyment of life. While economic damages may be proved through medical and employment records along with expert testimony, your non-economic damages are going to be proven through your account, as well as those of your loved ones, of how your injuries have negatively impacted your daily living.

Proving the full extent of your damages

It may seem like it’s easy to prove damages in a personal injury case, but it can actually be quite difficult and contentious. That’s why you need to be armed with strong evidence to support your claim if you hope to recover the compensation that you’re owed. Fortunately, skilled legal professional like those at our law firm stand ready to assist you in building your claim.