While many car crashes are minor, some result in serious injury. On average, New York sees more than 1,000 deaths and 12,000 hospitalizations each year due to traffic accidents.
When a person is injured or killed in a car accident, they have suffered some degree of damage. The damages they have suffered will vary based on the crash since no two accidents are the same.
There are various damages that a car crash victim can suffer. They can be lumped into two main categories: economic and non-economic damages. Read on to learn more about the types of damages available in a car accident.
Economic damages are losses that can be quantified and easily calculated. They may be things that you pay for out of pockets, such as medical bills, vehicle repairs and other property losses. Medical bills include ambulance rides, hospitalization, surgeries, medications, medical devices, lab work, tests, rehabilitation and anything else involved with your injuries.
Economic damages can also include lost wages. If you miss work because you are injured, you can calculate how much money you lost using your hourly wage or salary.
Economic damages can also include future losses. For example, if you know you will need surgery in the future, you can receive compensation for the cost of the surgery and related damages, such as time off work.
Unlike economic damages, non-economic damages are hard to calculate. These damages are considered human damages because they affect the person as a human. These damages are often emotional or mental in nature and include things such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, scarring and disfigurement.
Putting a value on these damages can be difficult, but a lawyer will make calculations based on the severity of the injuries, similar cases and how badly the accident has impacted the victim’s day-to-day life. For example, a brain injury will impact a person’s life much more than a broken leg, which will heal after several months. A person who can no longer run or participate in the sports they love will suffer more than a sedentary person who was not very active.
Sometimes a multiplier is used to come up with a value. Sometimes the decision is left to a judge or jury. In any case, it is not uncommon for the non-economic damages to be much higher than the economic damages simply because a person can be affected by non-economic damages for many years or even the rest of their life.
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A car accident can be life-changing. A victim can suffer various losses, including medical bills, vehicle damage, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. Recovering these losses can be frustrating.
If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a car accident seek legal help from the Falkowitz Law Firm. We can determine liability and help you with financial recovery while you focus on your physical recovery. Schedule a free consultation today. Call our office at 844-GET-GARY.
Gary P. Falkowitz is the Managing Partner and Founding Attorney of the Falkowitz Law Firm PLLC‚ one of the premiere personal injury law firms in New York. Gary received his J.D., in 2005 from St. John’s University School of Law and served as an Assistant District Attorney with the Kings County District Attorney’s Office.