Stephen Hasner | Personal Injury | October 6, 2023
The aftermath of an accident or injury can extend far beyond medical bills and lost wages. While these economic damages are relatively straightforward to quantify, others, such as pain, suffering, and loss of consortium, do not have a dollar amount. However, you still deserve to be compensated for the full extent of your losses, even if they are challenging to calculate. An experienced personal injury lawyer can review your case, gather evidence, and pursue the maximum amount of damages available for your injuries and other losses.
Establishing non-economic damages can be complex, making having a skilled personal injury attorney in your corner essential. At Hasner Law, our attorneys are dedicated to helping our clients recover damages for the tangible and intangible losses they have endured. We have over 100 years of combined experience and a proven track record of helping accident victims hold the negligent party fully accountable for the damages they have caused.
Non-Economic Damages in Georgia Personal Injury Claims
Following an accident, many victims experience emotional and physical consequences in addition to their financial burdens. Some individuals may no longer be able to participate in activities they enjoy, while others may contend with the pain of losing someone they love. While these damages do not have an exact dollar amount, you still deserve to be compensated for these losses and their impact on your life. A few examples of non-economic damages you may be entitled to recover through a personal injury claim include the following:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma and distress
- Loss of consortium
- Physical impairment
- Loss of enjoyment in life
- Chronic pain
This is not a complete list, and there may be other damages your attorney may be able to help you secure. Fortunately, you will likely be able to pursue non-economic damages regardless of the type of accident. Typically, victims are eligible to recover non-economic damages in the following types of personal injury claims:
- Product liability
- Premises liability
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Wrongful death
Regardless of the type of claim you file, your attorney will work with you to understand your accident’s impact on your life and build a strong claim establishing the non-economic damages you have suffered.
How Much Can You Collect in Non-Economic Damages in a Personal Injury Claim?
While no amount of monetary benefits can undo the pain and suffering caused by your accident, non-economic damages can help alleviate financial stressors as you rebuild your life. While the total value of a victim’s non-economic damages varies widely by case, the court will typically consider the following factors:
- The severity of your injury
- Whether you sustained a permanent disability
- The length of your recovery period
- The impact your injuries have on your daily life
- The total value of your economic damages
If your case proceeds to trial, the court will determine the amount of economic damages you will be awarded. However, most cases are settled outside of court. When this occurs, the multiplier or per diem method may be used to calculate your damages.
If the multiplier method is used, your economic damages will be multiplied by a certain number to calculate your non-economic damages. The multiplier will likely be determined by the severity of your non-economic damages. On the other hand, the per diem method is used to calculate your suffering per day multiplied by the number of days you endured damages. Your attorney can calculate your damages on your behalf and fight for the maximum value of your claim.
Discuss Your Case With a Highly-Qualified Personal Injury Attorney at Hasner Law
If you have been injured in an accident, you deserve to recover monetary benefits for your pain, suffering, and other non-economic damages. At Hasner Law, our attorneys have a wealth of experience helping our clients achieve favorable outcomes for their cases. We are dedicated to fighting aggressively for your rights and the total value of your claim. When you choose our firm, you can rest assured we will do everything in our power to secure the maximum settlement available on your behalf.