You are entitled to compensation for the harm and loss caused by a car accident, collectively referred to as damages. These damages are broadly classified into two – economic and non-economic.
Economic damages are the monetary losses caused by the crash, such as property damage, medical bills and lost wages. On the other hand, non-economic damages are intangible losses that cannot be defined in strictly monetary terms. Below are some of the non-economic damages you can claim after a car accident.
Physical pain and suffering
You may suffer untold pain and anguish after an accident, depending on the severity of your injuries. From broken bones and lacerations to burns and head trauma, the pain you experience is among the non-economic damages you can recover after a car crash.
The psychological effects of the accident on your well-being are also part of the non-economic damages. These include the mental anguish you endured, anxiety, depression and other mental disorders that may result from the crash.
Reduced quality of life
Your life may be less enjoyable if your injuries adversely affect your social life or prevent you from engaging in your favorite activities and hobbies. Therefore, you can claim compensation for the diminished quality of life caused by the crash.
Getting the compensation you deserve
There is more to non-economic damages you may be unaware of as a car accident victim, such as how they are calculated and whether any caps apply. As such, it’s best to have informed guidance to represent your interests and protect your rights as you navigate the claims process.
With the proper legal assistance, you can significantly increase your chances of getting a fair settlement that will help mitigate the economic and non-economic effects of your injuries.