A personal injury lawsuit allows you to hold the negligent driver accountable for the injuries and other losses you suffered because of your car accident. When filing a car accident claim, the two types of damages you can recover are economic and non-economic.
Economic damages consist of the tangible losses you incurred due to the collision. They may include past and future medical expenses, property damage, physical therapy and lost earnings due to time off work for recovery, among other costs.
Non-economic damages are harder to quantify. They generally refer to the mental and emotional losses a person suffers. Damages may include:
• Pain and suffering
• Emotional distress
• Post-traumatic stress disorder
• Loss of companionship and loss of life enjoyment
In some cases, a court may also award punitive damages to punish the liable party for reckless or willful misconduct. As an example, a car accident lawsuit that involves a drunk driver may warrant punitive damages.
An experienced Chicago car accident attorney can help you calculate the damages you may be entitled to in your case. Contact Briskman Briskman & Greenberg today to learn more about how we can get you the full compensation you are owed.
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