Arriving at a value for your injury case is complex. Most people don’t sit down to think about the value of an injury claim until they or a family member is injured in an accident. However, the most important step in determining the value of your accident injury claim is determining the value of your case.
Some types of damages in an injury case are common sense. For example, you hope to be able to claim the value of your visit to the emergency room. If you need follow-up medical appointments, you hope that those damages will be included as well. Damaged property is also a category of damage that most people are familiar with.
Mental and Emotional Damages in Personal Injury Cases
But if you are injured in an accident, you don’t need a personal injury attorney to tell you that your injuries go far beyond physical injuries and damaged property. In fact, your emotional and mental injuries can be just as devastating or even more devastating than your physical injuries. Maybe you live in physical pain. You may not be able to participate in the activities you used to enjoy. You could live with anxiety, depression, and flashbacks.
All of these types of injuries deserve compensation. Under Nevada law, you are entitled to compensation for these injuries. These types of damages have a name: non-economic damages.
What are non-economic damages?
Non-economic damages in an injury claim are damages that compensate you for non-financial losses. If you suffer losses that cannot be measured by your out-of-pocket dollar figures, you can assign a value and claim compensation as non-economic damages. The purpose of non-economic damages is to provide you with compensation for the intangibles you lost due to a personal injury accident, such as your physical pain, disfigurement, loss of lifestyle, and mental injuries.
Types of non-economic damages in a Nevada personal injury lawsuit
Non-monetary damages is the general name for all non-monetary losses you have due to your injury. Several subcategories count as non-economic damages, including:
Pain – A physical injury can cause a lot of pain. Recovering just for your medical expenses does not make up for the physical pain you have to endure due to your injuries. If you are in physical pain due to your injuries, you can value it as part of your non-economic damages.
Emotional Distress – Being in a personal injury accident is a terrifying event. You are likely in emotional distress because of what you have experienced. Your life has changed. The emotional distress you suffer is part of your damages in a personal injury case.
Humiliation and Reputation Damages – A personal injury accident can change your social position. You may worry about your personal and professional reputation. The humiliation and reputational damage you feel is part of your noneconomic damages.
Loss of enjoyment – When you are injured in an accident, you may not be able to do the things you used to enjoy. You may have short-term or long-term interruptions in your daily routine. If you can no longer go skiing or play a musical instrument, for example, you deserve compensation for the loss of pleasure in these activities.
Disfigurement – If you have permanent scars or injuries from your accident, the disfigurement you sustain may be part of your non-economic damages. You may not have financial losses due to impairment or permanent mobility disability, but it can still change significantly for the rest of your life. Defacement is a consideration in the value of your non-economic damages.
Mental Injury – Anxiety, Worry, Stress, Fear, Pain, and Depression – If you suffer psychological injuries from a personal injury accident, you deserve compensation for the mental difficulties you experience. Non-economic damages for mental injuries are different from the economic cost of treating those injuries. Its non-economic damages represent the anguish of having to deal with mental trauma.
Your non-economic damages are unique to your case
Your noneconomic damages depend on your specific circumstances. Even if someone else suffers a similar injury, your noneconomic damages are personal to you. For example, your mental injuries may not be the same as someone else’s mental injuries. The activities you can no longer participate in depend on your lifestyle before the accident. Determining non-economic damages is a personal inquiry. It depends on what your life is like before and after the personal injury accident.
What can I claim for non-economic damages in my Nevada personal injury case?
Your non-economic damages depend on the severity of your accident. The more serious, painful, long-lasting, and permanent your injuries, the greater your non-economic damages. How long it takes to heal, how painful your injuries are, and the mental damage you suffer all influence the value of your non-economic damages. An experienced attorney can help you assess your financial and non-financial damages so that you know how much to claim as compensation in your injury case.
Non-Economic Damage Limits in Nevada Personal Injury Cases
In medical malpractice cases, there are limits to noneconomic damages. If your injury claim is a medical malpractice claim, you can collect up to $ 350,000 in noneconomic damages . In other types of personal injury cases, there are no limits to the noneconomic damages you can collect. In most injury cases, you can collect all of your economic damages and non-economic damages .
Understanding non-economic damages in Nevada personal injury lawsuits
Non-economic damages are a critical part of obtaining the compensation you deserve when you are injured in a personal injury claim. There are a number of different things that are used to value non-economic damages. Our legal team is experienced in helping clients determine the fair value of their non-economic damages. We can help you identify the value of your claim and take steps to document your damages for inclusion as part of your claim. Call us today to get started.