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What Damages Can I Seek After an Accident?

Seeking What You Deserve

What types of financial compensation (also known as damages) are available to an individual who has been injured because of someone else’s negligence? This question comes up quite often, and the answer can vary depending on the situation. Generally, there are two primary types of damages: economic and non-economic. In this blog, we will discuss both types of damage in more detail.

Economic Damages

Economic damages are those that reimburse the victim for financial losses. This can include:

  • Lost wages

  • Medical bills (present and future)

  • Property damage

  • Loss of earning capacity/future earnings

  • Funeral expenses (in the case of a wrongful death)

These types of damages are relatively easy to quantify, as they have a direct economic cost associated with them. In order to recover economic damages, you will need to provide documentation of your financial losses.

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages are those that compensate the victim for non-financial losses. These can include:

  • Pain and suffering

  • Emotional distress

  • Loss of consortium (companionship)

  • Loss of enjoyment of life

Unlike economic damages, non-economic damages are more difficult to quantify because they do not have a directly quantifiable amount. In order to recover noneconomic damages, you will need to provide evidence of the extent of your losses. This can include testimony from family and friends and a letter of testimony from a doctor or therapist stating the development of any mental health conditions.

Seeking the Help of an Accident Attorney

If you have been involved in an accident by someone else’s negligence, it is important to seek experienced legal counsel to discuss the types of damages you may be able to recover. An experienced attorney will be able to help you navigate the legal process and ensure that you are fairly compensated for your losses.

Protect your rights after an accident by working with Pacific Cascade Legal. We work hard to protect our clients and get them the compensation they deserve after an accident.

Learn more about how we can help with your case or schedule a consultation by calling (888) 981-9511 or by visiting our website.