Those who are injured in a car accident can suffer extensive harm in various forms. Most obviously, these victims are oftentimes subjected to serious physical injuries that leave them suffering in a lot of pain. However, typically when people talk about lawsuits they refer to economic damages such as medical expenses and lost wages. Yet, noneconomic damages can play just as important of a role in one’s recovery if he or she can put forth sufficient evidence.
There are many types of noneconomic damages. Pain and suffering is probably the most common, but victims can also suffer from disfigurement, reduced life expectancy, mental anguish, loss of companionship, and loss of enjoyment of life. These damages, in conjunction with financial losses, can leave a victim and his or her family in a tough position.
The difficulty with noneconomic damages is calculating them. Generally speaking, a number of factors are to be considered when determining an amount of compensation that is appropriate for noneconomic damages. Amongst these factors are the extent and severity of the injuries suffered, the presence and significance of any deformity or scarring, and the recovery time needed to recoup both emotionally and physically from the harm suffered.
Since noneconomic damages are relatively subjective, the persuasiveness with which one argues the matter can have a major impact on the outcome. This is why it is imperative that those who have been injured in a car accident carefully consider choosing legal representation that knows how to make strong and compelling legal arguments. Perhaps only then can a victim rest assured that his or her position will be clearly laid out in court for both judge and jury.