If your involvement in a personal injury accident was due to no fault of your own, then you may be eligible to pursue legal action against the at-fault party. That is, a personal injury claim may be your sole opportunity for retrieving the financial compensation that you require for your incurred injuries and damages. Read on to discover what damages are commonly claimed after an accident and how a seasoned Hillsborough County personal injury lawyer at Merricks Law Group, P.A. can help you properly identify what needs to be recuperated.
What damages are commonly claimed after a personal injury accident?
The two most commonly claimed damages after a personal injury accident are economic damages and non-economic damages. For one, economic damages are considered to be the financial losses that a plaintiff has received as a direct result of the defendant’s negligence. Contrastingly, non-economic damages refer to losses that do not have an attached dollar amount.
As an example, say that you were made a victim of a car accident. Well, one economic damage may be your car damage. And one non-economic damage may be your post-traumatic stress inhibiting you from driving again.
While economic damages may be easy to quantify, you may need to acquire an expert witness to calculate your non-economic damages and testify on your behalf in your claim proceedings. What’s more, a claim for non-economic damages cannot exceed $750,000 per claimant. And such damages may only be sought after in a medical malpractice case.
Without further ado, just some examples of economic damages and non-economic damages that are commonly claimed are as follows:
- Economic damages:
- The wages that you have lost or are anticipating losing.
- The medical bills that you have incurred or are anticipating incurring.
- The property repair bills that you have incurred or are anticipating incurring.
- Non-economic damages:
- Your pain and suffering due to your physical injuries.
- Your mental anguish due to your trauma from your accident’s events.
- Your diminished quality of life due to your injuries and damages.
How long do I have to recover my damages?
We understand that you must be taking the time to heal from your injuries and damages. Obviously, this may be your top priority over collecting evidence and filling out forms for a lawsuit.
But if you wish to receive a just amount of compensation to recover your damages, you must keep in mind the state of Florida’s statute of limitations. That is, this statutory deadline is generally two years from the date on which your accident occurred.
The bottom line is that, if you are suffering after your accident, you need a competent Hillsborough County personal injury lawyer in your corner. Call or send a message to Merricks Law Group, P.A. today. We look forward to hearing from you.