If you are involved in a car wreck, hurt at work, or put in danger by some defective product, someone is legally responsible for the injuries you suffer. To recover for your damages you can file a personal injury lawsuit in a civil court. Many times, these claims are settled before arriving to trial, and they are rarely heard by a jury. However, in the event that your case does fall into the hands of a group of 12 of your peers, it is important to have a good idea of how your claim will be evaluated.
Most states define injuries and hardships inflicted on someone because of an accident or negligence as economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages refer to any monetary loss the plaintiff may have suffered. They include expenses like:
It is fairly simple for a jury to establish the value of economic damages because they simply use the monetary value of what was lost. If you had to spend $10,000 in medical bills and have the receipts to prove it, it will be very easy for a jury to award you that back.
The most widely known non-economic damage is pain and suffering, but the claims do not end there. A plaintiff can recover damages for inconvenience caused by their injuries, loss of a loved one, loss of life or limb, and the disruption in the ability to enjoy one’s life.
Determining the value for non-economic damages is more difficult. There is no set formula and juries are only told to use their own judgment and the evidence in the case to decide an amount. Fault is the most important aspect that most lawyers and juries take into account. Next is severity of injury.
If you have been injured in an automobile accident or other personal injury case, contact the Kenosha personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 866.499.4700 for a free consultation. We will discuss your case and further legal options.