What are Non-Economic Damages?

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22nd May 2018

What are Non-Economic Damages?

What are Non-Economic Damages?

Patton and Patton Expert on Damages: What are Non-Economic Damages?

Your injury or medical malpractice claim includes non-economic damages. The term damages is a legal term that means monetary compensation which may be recovered in the courts by any person who has suffered loss or injury due to the negligence of another. There are many damages, but two big categories are economic damages and non-economic damages. What are Non-Economic Damages? Economic damages are those items of injury that can be calculated in money. As opposed to non-economic damages, which are non-quantifiable losses suffered by the plaintiff sometimes called pain and suffering damages.  Economic damages can include things like medical bills, property damages, loss of earning capacity, and out of pocket expenses. Non-economic damages are often things that affect daily life far more than an economic loss.

Many injuries can make activities we take for granted into painful or grueling experiences. Imagine how difficult getting dressed or playing with your children could be if every movement of your back sent sharp pain down your legs. For many people who have suffered an injury, the duress experienced during activities of daily life is far worse than a medical bill. Sometimes an injury can take away the ability to do something you love.  For someone who plays piano, a hand injury is a terrifying prospect. This activity relieves stress and brings so much joy. A few paychecks of lost wages cannot compare losing an activity you love. Or consider the lamentable event of the wrongful death of a spouse or parent. This loss is far more significant than any economic damages. Losing companionship and losing a guide and guardian to the children are impossible to replace.

This is an area that can be overlooked or undervalued if your case isn’t examined by a professional. Whether you live in Kansas or Missouri, you need an attorney who knows the law to ensure you secure all the damages to which you’re entitled. Joe Patton has over thirty years of experience. He’s worked in both the fields of medical malpractice and personal injury on both sides of the state line. Call Patton and Patton today.

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