As we mentioned above, personal injuries often involve a lot more than bruises or broken bones: being injured can be traumatic, and that trauma can sometimes affect us for the rest of our lives. To make sure that your rights to financial assistance include those invisible sorts of harm, personal injury damages are split into two main categories: economic, and non-economic.
Economic damages are relatively straightforward because they are usually associated with some sort of receipt or income statement. Broadly speaking, economic damages include any type of loss with an exact monetary cost:
- Medical bills
- Future medical expenses
- Lost income
- Reduced ability to earn a future income
- Disability expenses
- Funeral costs
On the other hand, non-economic damages cover the more complicated types of harm that can sometimes come as a result of an injury. This includes any type of harm that doesn’t have an exact monetary cost:
- Lost loved ones
- Lower quality of life
- Scars and disfigurement
- Pain and suffering
- Mental health conditions, including PTSD
Keep in mind that fighting for non-economic damages can sometimes be more difficult than fighting for economic losses. If you’re considering making an injury claim for damages, consider consulting with an attorney who can help you navigate the process.