Unlocking the Secrets of Economic and Non-Economic Damages in Georgia Personal Injury Cases
Published: May 3, 2023
A personal injury case is a lawsuit brought by an individual against another person or entity for injury. It can be a result of negligence, intentional misconduct, or product liability. There are two types of damages that may be awarded in a personal injury case: economic and non-economic.
Economic damages are the financial losses that you suffered as a result of your injury. These include:
Medical bills and other expenses related to your treatment, including prescription medications, physical therapy and rehabilitation.
Lost wages or income (if you were unable to work). If you have not yet returned to work after being injured, then this will be calculated based on how long it is expected for you to recover from your injuries and what kind of job you do (i.e., whether or not it requires heavy lifting). If your employer pays for workers’ compensation benefits for workplace accidents, then those payments will also be included in calculating lost wages or income.
Expenses related specifically to caring for an injured family member such as paying someone else’s medical bills or helping them get around because they are unable to walk without assistance due to their injuries caused by another person’s negligence/faultless act (such as driving drunk).
Non-economic damages are monetary compensation for the pain, suffering and mental anguish caused by an injury. In personal injury cases, they are often referred to as “pain and suffering.” In Georgia, non-economic damages include:
Physical pain and discomfort
Mental anguish or emotional distress
Loss of consortium (the loss of affectionate companionship)
Tips for Pursuing a Personal Injury Claim in Georgia
Gather Evidence: If you have been injured, it is important to document the incident in writing and take pictures. This will help your attorney build your case by showing exactly what happened and why it was not your fault.
Consult with an Attorney: If you have been injured in a car accident or other accident that was not your fault, consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer before signing any documents related to settling out of court or accepting any money from the other party’s insurance company without first consulting with an attorney.
Understand the Statute of Limitations: Georgia has a two year statute of limitations for filing personal injury claims based on negligence (injury caused by someone else) or strict liability (when products cause injuries). This means that if you wait more than two years after discovering that someone else’s actions caused harm, then they may be able to successfully defend themselves against liability claims made by their victims because those victims waited too long before filing suit against them!
In conclusion, it is important to note that the economic and non-economic damages in Georgia personal injury cases are very different from each other. The former refers to economic losses that
can be quantified in terms of money and include medical bills, lost wages and property damage. On the other hand, non-economic damages are those that do not have a monetary value but still require compensation because they cause emotional distress or physical pain.
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