What Are Non-Economic Damages In A Florida Auto Accident?

Auto accidents can be very expensive. Beyond just the cost of the damaged vehicle and medical bills, there are a lot of other losses experienced by victims. Injuries can be so severe they negatively impact a person’s entire life. Victims may not be able to work their normal jobs, enjoy their hobbies, or even have quality time with their family and friends. These damages can often be worse than just the direct financial losses of an accident. As a result, Florida law includes a category of damages called “non-economic” damages.

What Are Non-Economic Damages?

Sometimes also referred to as “intangible damages,” non-economic damages is a term for damages that don’t have a clear monetary value. Economic damages like medical bills, property damage, and lost wages all have tangible value. They are simply a matter of providing invoices and pay stubs that show the financial loss. However, non-economic damages are a way to compensate for the damages that aren’t so clearcut. How do you put a price on the fact that you can no longer play golf because of your shoulder injury from an accident? How do you put a price on missing your child’s football game because you were so injured you couldn’t get out of bed? These are hard to quantify but they are valid damages nonetheless.

What Are The Types Of Non-Economic Damages?

Non-economic damages are designed to cover the damages that are a result of the accident but don’t have a clear monetary value. These can include:

Pain And Suffering: Pain and suffering is one of the most common non-economic damages. It is designed to compensate the victim for the physical pain and emotional suffering of an injury. Pain and suffering is most often awarded in cases where the accident injuries were very severe.
Loss Of Consortium: Loss of consortium is designed for spouses. Sometimes injuries can be so severe they cause a lot of issues for a relationship. After an injury, it can be hard on spouses to do basic things like care for the home, spend quality time together, and even impact affection between the partners. Loss of consortium is also usually awarded in cases of severe injury.
Disfigurement: Disfigurement is different from disability damages. Disfigurement can be anything from scarring to a lost limb. This can cause the victim a lot of hardship because it can permanently alter their life.
Loss Of Enjoyment: Loss of enjoyment is to help cover the damages of losing the ability to live your normal life. Loss of enjoyment would apply to the golfer who can no longer play a round because of their injuries. Losing the ability to live and enjoy your normal life is very significant and thus, it can be awarded as a damage.

There are other types of non-economic damages. The best way to determine which non-economic you qualify for is to speak with an attorney. An auto accident attorney will review your entire case and calculate the full total of all the damages you’ve endured from the accident.

How Are Non-Economic Damages Calculated

The state of Florida has no caps on non-economic damages. So it is important to work with an attorney who can help you calculate the full value. There are a lot of factors that go into calculating this value. The courts will consider the severity of your injuries, the extent of the medical treatment, and the recovery period. They will also look at the larger impact of the injuries on your normal life. Your attorney will present a range of different evidence including medical records, testimony from your doctor and family members, and even your own journal. Then they will negotiate a fair value for the non-economic damages as part of your settlement.

After an accident, it is important that you get the full value of the damages. In some cases, this can include non-economic damages. The team at JusticePays.com can help. We have helped over 10,000 auto accident victims recover over $500 million in damages. We’ll review your case and help you determine the full value of your claim, including the non-economic damages. We’ll review your case for free and help you understand all your legal options under Florida state law.

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