After a car accident or any other type of accident, physical damages usually get the most attention. Although they might be more noticeable, physical injuries aren’t the only type of damages personal injury victims endure. In many cases, emotional damages can be just as devastating as cuts, broken bones, and other physical injuries.
The goal of personal injury compensation is to restore the plaintiff as closely as possible to the life he led before the accident. Because it’s impossible to reverse time and take the accident away, the law awards money as a way of making the plaintiff whole. The amount of these damages varies from case to case.
What Types of Damages Are Available?
Each case is different, which means that each plaintiff will receive different types and amounts of damages. Generally, however, an injured person is eligible to receive compensation for things like lost wages, medical expenses, and loss of earning potential. Additionally, a plaintiff may be eligible to receive compensation for emotional damages, which can be difficult to quantify. Generally known as “pain and suffering”, these damages are very real.
What Are Emotional Damages?
Emotional damages are referred to as non-economic damages because they aren’t easily calculated. For example, calculating an individual’s medical expenses is usually straightforward because an attorney can produce bills from doctors, hospitals, and other providers. It’s usually much harder to put a monetary figure on a person’s mental distress.
Commonly referred to as “pain and suffering”, emotional damages can occur in a number of ways. Depending on the accident, a personal injury victim may experience:
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
An accident can leave a person with crippling anxiety that causes flashbacks and other disturbances. PTSD can interfere with a person’s job, family, and relationships.
Loss of Enjoyment of Life
When an accident interferes with an injury victim’s daily life, such as hobbies, sports, and other activities, the court may decide to award compensation. For example, an avid hiker who suffered an amputation may no longer have the ability to enjoy hiking. Because the accident resulted in a radical lifestyle change, the court may decide the injury victim is entitled to monetary compensation.
It’s common for injury victims to suffer depression and anxiety related to their injuries. These types of damages are more common in cases that involve serious and catastrophic injuries.
Loss of Consortium
Also known as “loss of society”, loss of consortium damages refer to the damages inflicted on an injury victim’s spouse. If the plaintiff’s injuries are severe, they can rob a spouse of the support, companionship, and support of their husband or wife. This can lead to disruptions in family life and even divorce.
Colorado Personal Injury Lawyers
Emotional damages are a complex area of personal injury law. You need an experienced attorney on your side to ensure you receive full and fair compensation for your injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured, it’s important to speak to a Colorado personal injury attorney right away. The attorneys at the Klibaner Law Firm can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Call the office today at (303) 863-1445 to speak to an attorney about your case.
This website has been prepared by Klibaner Law Firm for informational purposes only and does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice from an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction.