Non-Economic Damages: How Much is your Pain & Suffering Worth?

Accidents due to a negligent party are very unfortunate.  The effects of an accident can carry for months, years, and in some cases for the rest of the victim’s life.  When dealing with insurance companies and attorneys it can be very difficult to put a price on the damages caused by a distressing injury.
 Economic Damages
Economic damages are expenses that arose out of a negligent act.  These can include medical bills, lost wages, cost of transportation to and from medical providers, etc.  In most cases, detailed accounting can provide a fair and just compensation package for these losses.  It is important to keep track of each and every expense so that your Personal Injury Attorney can ensure that you are reimbursed.  Even small expenses like over the counter pain medications or heating pads may add up to hundreds or even thousands of dollars and should be recorded.  If you are unable to perform household chores or care for your dependents, you may have to hire some help and that may be reimbursed as well.
Non-Economic Damages
Non-economic damages often referred to as “pain and suffering’ can be much more difficult to calculate.  The burden of proof for these claims rests on the victim, unfortunately.  Evidence of mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, depression, and severe pain are often very intangible but can be supported by written statements from physicians and mental health providers, employers, and teachers.  Insurance companies and attorneys for defendants will often attempt to call a claimant’s character into question.
Florida has several laws that limit or restrict awards for pain & suffering.  These laws were passed in an effort to reduce “frivolous lawsuits”, but generally they favor insurance companies looking for low awards for automobile and malpractice lawsuits.
The Personal Injury attorneys of Massey & Duffy, PLLC are experienced and dedicated to maximizing your personal injury claim.  It is our honor to serve the Gainesville, Ocala, and Lake City areas to ensure that your health, welfare, and financial stability are preserved in the face of a traumatic accident or injury.  If you or your loved one has been tragically injured or killed due to an act of negligence, please call our office at (352) 505-8900 today to schedule a FREE CONSULTATION.


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