People who are injured by the negligence of someone else often end up with more than just a physical injury. They frequently end up with a mountain of medical bills, property damages, lost wages, and even emotional damage.
Personal injury lawsuits are sometimes necessary in order to recover money to compensate the injured person for these unexpected and sometimes catastrophic, damages.
Damages in Lawsuits.
When it comes to lawsuits, there are generally 2 kinds of money damages: economic damages and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are out-of-pocket expenses like medical bills, car repair costs, lost wages, etc.
Non-economic damages refer to more intangible damages, like mental distress, loss of consortium, disfigurement, loss of services, loss of enjoyment, or loss of companionship, etc. In the context of a personal injury action, “pain and suffering” generally refers to the noneconomic, mental or emotional damage you suffer as the result of an injury or accident.
Damages caps are laws that limit the amount of non-economic damages that an injured party can recover from the person (or entity) responsible for his injuries. Every state has its own rules when it comes to damage caps, which is why it is important to consult with experienced personal injury counsel where you live.
Not all cases have caps on damages, but some do.
For example, in Louisiana, damages for medical malpractice and for claims against a government agency are both capped at $500,000.
Personal Injury Attorneys, You Can Count On.
At the Day Law Group, we handle personal injury cases. We fight hard to get our clients the compensation they deserve. We offer FREE consultations. We have offices in Baton Rouge, and we serve Baker, Denham, Gonzales, Port Allen, Prairieville, New Orleans, and Zachary. Call (225) 465-1232 ToDay to schedule your free consultation or contact us here.