Have you been injured in an accident? If so, you may be able to recover lost wages. In fact, you are entitled to seek compensation for both economic and non-economic losses if you’re injured due to the negligence of someone else. However, you will need an attorney who is experienced in personal injury cases to help you.
What’s the Difference Between Economic and Non-Economic Damages?
Economic damages are sometimes referred to as “special” damages. They include losses you incur that are monetary such as lost wages from time off work and medical bills. These are relatively easy to calculate and, in Georgia, there is no cap on how much you can recover as long as the expenses are legitimate. Non-economic or “general” damages include pain and suffering caused by the accident. More specifically, pain and suffering include insomnia, anxiety, depression, stress and the inability to function at work or enjoy life as you did before the accident. You are entitled to try and recover an unlimited amount of non-economic damages, but they are more difficult to ascertain due to their subjective nature.
How is Compensation for Non-Economic Damages Determined?
In order to establish the amount of non-economic damages you’re entitled to, juries consider the seriousness of your initial injuries, how much pain you’ve endured and may continue to endure, the effect the accident has on your family and how much your economic losses amount to.
Do I Need an Attorney to Help Me Recover Damages?
You might think you can simply submit your medical bills to a court and recover your losses, but that’s not how it works. When you’ve been in an accident, you’re not only experiencing pain and suffering, but you’re likely under a great deal of stress as well. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you navigate the court system and make sure you are asking for compensation that covers both your economic and non-economic losses. Your attorney can help you consider potential future losses you might not think of. Your attorney is experienced at recovering losses, knows how the system works and will be fighting for you when you are unable or don’t know how to fight for yourself. Your attorney will also take “modified comparative negligence” into account and make sure you are requesting a reasonable amount of damages that represent your losses fairly.