Damages refer to the compensation a plaintiff may receive if it is proved he or she was injured because of another party’s negligence or incompetence.
Types of Personal Injury Damages
Texas law recognizes economic and noneconomic damages. The former refers to damages easily determined in dollars and cents, such as motor vehicle repair bills. The latter are “quality of life” issues. People who do not work outside the home, such as homemakers, senior citizens and children are more likely to receive non-economic damages.
There is a third category, known as punitive damages. These damages are awarded by a jury when a defendant exhibits behavior that goes beyond negligence into willful malice. “Punitive” means punish, and that is how these types of damages are meant to affect the defendant.
Cost of Medical Bills
The cost of medical bills, including rehabilitation, medication, and future treatments, are considered economic damages.
Lost Wages/Earning Capacity
If someone suffers a serious personal injury, they may not only lose income for the short-term, but the injury may prevent them from ever holding the same type of job again or preclude any employment. Lost wages and future earning capacity are considered economic damages.
Any physical impairment – loss of vision or hearing, amputation, mobility problems, sexual function loss and the like – are considered non-economic damages. That also holds true for disfigurement, since the person’s quality of life has been deeply impacted.
Mental Anguish/Pain and Suffering
Along with the physical injury, you may seek compensation for the mental anguish and pain and suffering endured because of it. You must provide evidence of suffering, which might include treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, severe depression, and unrelenting grief.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury, you need the services of an experienced personal injury attorney. Call the Bonneau Law Firm today at (972) 325-1100 for a free consultation.