Nothing will ever turn back the hands of time to before the accident. However, through a personal injury lawsuit, you may be able to recover meaningful compensation that will allow you to begin moving on with your life more easily.
Of course, accidents impact people in different ways, and every case and every client is unique. The result is that even the most experienced lawyers cannot foresee what an exact damages award will be. However, a skilled attorney can often provide a ballpark figure by considering your possible economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are the out-of-pocket costs that come along with being in an accident. Economic damages in a personal injury suit may include:
• Past medical expenses
• Future medical costs
• Lost income
• Decreased earning capacity
These are the damages that you can prove by presenting receipts, medical records, or paychecks. Some types of economic damages may require an expert witness to forecast the present value of a future sum of money, such as in the case of future earnings. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you understand the likely amount of economic damages with some certainty.
Non-economic damages compensate accident victims for the psychological effect that the accident had on their lives and their ability to live their life the way they had planned. Non-economic damages are much more “personal” than economic damages, as they depend so heavily on an individual’s unique circumstances. However, typically, a non-economic damages award in a personal injury case will include amounts for the following:
• Pain and suffering
• Loss of consortium
• Loss of society
Unlike economic damages, you cannot present the jury with a piece of paper that adequality conveys what you have been through. Instead, your attorney must tell a compelling story about what your life was like before the accident, what it will be like in the future, and how those two lives are different.
At Briskman Briskman & Greenberg, we believe that personal injury cases are about more than winning. Winning a case means proving that another person is liable for your injuries. However, true advocacy requires an attorney’s ability to tell your story effectively. We have the skills, knowledge and empathetic approach necessary to identify the full extent of your damages. This way, at the conclusion of your case, you can rest assured knowing that you will be fairly compensated for what you have been through.