How Are Non-Economic Damages Calculated? | Colorado Springs Injury Lawyer
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A serious injury from a car wreck, slip and fall, medical malpractice, or other accident can have a dramatic impact on your life in areas other than medical bills. Accurately calculating non-economic damages as a result of an injury is extremely important to any claim.
We can help answer any questions you may have about non-economic damages. If you or a loved one has recently been injured in any type of accident, please call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with a Colorado Springs personal injury attorney.
If you were hurt in a workplace accident, car collision, slip and fall, burn incident, or other such event, you most likely have costly medical bills and outstanding future treatment. The value of your bills will likely be the primary factor of the value of a personal injury case.
However, non-economic damages, mainly including pain and suffering, will presumably increase the value of your claim. Pain and suffering are just one type of non-economic damage, and are typically one of the most common.
Different Types of Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering is a legal term for the emotional and physical stress resulting from an injury. There are many different types of non-economic damages that may arise, including but not limited to:
- Difficulty sleeping
- A partial or total loss of ability to perform household tasks, such as cooking, cleaning, and yardwork
- An inability to partake in hobbies like playing sports and working out
- An absence of peace of mind due to trauma from the accident
Any hobby or activity that is in any way impacted by your injuries, both mental and physical, should be factored in.
How to Calculate Non-Economic Damages
In order to accurately calculate non-economic damages, you must prove the extent of your physical and emotional distress and diminished quality of life after your injury.
Gather evidence by taking photographs on the injury over time and keep a daily journal where you document how the injury has affected your life. Make sure to include any events that you would otherwise attend if it were not for your injuries.
Your friends and family can also provide testimony. Any note from a doctor or mental health practitioner is useful here, especially when you are claiming mental harm including depression, anxiety, insomnia, or other related conditions.
Many Colorado Springs residents enjoy outdoors activities such as hiking, rock climbing, cycling, and more. If you actively pursue those and similar hobbies, it is highly advisable to give an in depth account of how you performed those activities before and how that was affected due to your accident.
Things to Avoid
If you or a loved was injured in an accident and are claiming significant non-economic damages, you must be careful what information you make publicly available during your recovery.
It is highly advisable to not post to social media until after your case settles. If you indicate in any way on your social media profiles, or those of close friends, that you are less injured than you are claiming, that will be used as leverage by the opposing insurance company.
This can apply to large events you attend as well. If you are somehow spotted at a music festival after claiming that your injuries prevent you from taking part, that will hurt your case. It is a best practice to turn all of your accounts to private across all social media channels.
Get Help from Colorado Springs Injury Lawyers
At Zinda Law Group, our personal injury attorneys can help you calculate non-economic damages in a personal injury case. Please call us at (800) 863-5312 for a 100% free consultation with one of our Colorado Springs injury lawyers.