A motor vehicle accident occurs in an instant but can cause injuries that will affect you for the rest of your life. You may be unable to return to the kind of work you did before you were injured, meaning that your income and that of your family will be forever changed.
Considering the potentially devastating impact of motor vehicle accidents, drivers often ask what damages an injured person can recover following an accident.
In order to recover damages in a lawsuit, a driver must be 50% or less at fault for an accident. Assuming the driver is 50% or less at fault, they may be able recover both economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages refer to quantifiable monetary losses as a result of an accident. Common examples of economic damages include repair bills, medical expenses and lost income resulting from the accident.
Non-economic damages refers to damages that are subjective and non-quantifiable such as pain and suffering, disfigurement and emotional distress.
In cases involving intentional or particularly egregious conduct, it may also be possible to recover punitive damages, which are damages intended to punish and deter particularly bad behavior.
If you are injured in an automobile accident, you should speak with an experienced attorney, who can advise you of your legal rights and any potential avenues for relief.
A plaintiff seeking recovery has the burden to prove damages, so it is important to consult with an attorney as early as possible and retain any documentation showing the extent of damages.