According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 30 million people in the United States are injured each year, requiring medical attention. Of these, approximately 2 million are severe enough for patients to need some type of hospitalization.
In addition, 162,000 of these result in fatalities. Car accidents result in 3 million injuries and 40,000 deaths each year. Construction accidents account for about 300,000 personal injuries every year. Medical malpractice causes about 98,000 deaths each year across the US.
When another person’s negligence causes you injury, you may be entitled to compensation. However, before filing a personal injury case, it is important that you know the different types of damages you may be able to recover as part of your case.
Major Categories of Personal Injury Damages
When it comes to personal injury cases, there are two major categories of damages that plaintiffs can recover. They are:
- Economic Damages: The most common types of damages that can be recovered in a personal injury case are economic damages. This category covers compensation for damages like medical bills, property damage, and loss of income. Because many medical bills, or loss of wages takes place well after the beginning of the personal injury case, economic damages can, in many circumstances, include losses that will occur in the future with “reasonable certainty”.
- Non-Economic Damages: In this category of damages, a wide range of intangible damages that may be suffered after an injury are covered. Such damages include pain and suffering, psychological trauma resulting from loss, distress, as well as other factors that are not reflected directly in a medical bill or report for property loss. More often than not, it can be very challenging to prove non-economic damages or measure these damages in dollar value.
In cases that are rarer, there is a third category of damages that can be applied to a personal injury case. This category is known as punitive damages. They are only applied in cases where a willful and reckless disregard was demonstrated by the defendant’s actions. In a case where punitive damages are involved, most of the money goes to the state and not to the victim. As implied by the name, punitive damages are designed so that a defendant is punished monetarily.
Your personal injury case can be affected by many factors – where you were injured, how severe your injury is, the circumstances of the injury, the speed at which you file your case and the degree of responsibility you are deemed with for your own injury. These are just some of the factors that can have an influence in your case.
RMFW Law Knows a Winning Case when it Sees One
If you or a loved one has been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you should immediately seek the help from the sensational personal injury attorneys at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff, & Wolff of RMFW Law at (212) 697-9280. You can find out how to file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party during this free meeting.
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