Breaking Down Economic and Non-Economic Damages

  • If you’ve been hurt due to another party’s negligence, you could be entitled to damages. Generally, there are two types of damages that the plaintiff in a personal injury case can be awarded: economic and non-economic.


    Economic Damages

    Economic damages can be assessed based on the economic losses caused by the incident. They can include past and future medical bills, lost wages, lost future earning potential, and lost transportation expenses.

    Economic damages may also include damages to property and real estate, such as damage done to a vehicle in a car accident.


    Non-Economic Damages

    Non-economic damages are intended to compensate you for damages that aren’t monetary in nature. This is the portion of the settlement generally awarded to compensate “pain and suffering,” which is a legal term that refers to the emotional, physical, and psychological distress caused by an injury.

    Pain and suffering can include physical pain, emotional distress, psychological pain, and loss of consortium, which includes the loss of spousal companionship and the services that person brought to the marriage.

    Non-economic damages can also be awarded for depression, mental anguish, anxiety, fright, grief, humiliation, physical pain, embarrassment, and other forms of emotional distress.

    Economic damages are easier to prove to the court because your attorney can show written documentation of these losses. Non-economic damages, however, are subjective, and require a different kind of proof, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t receive compensation for your non-economic losses. To learn more about what you may be entitled to, talk to a personal injury lawyer.


    Palm Beach Injury Attorney

    Economic and non-economic damages can be difficult to understand on your own. If you or someone you love has been injured because of another person’s negligence, you could be entitled to compensation for your damages and injuries.

    Let us help you determine if you have a case and the best way to move forward. Call the Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo at 561-659-6366 or visit our website for a free consultation right away.