What Are Non-Economic Damages in Washington?
When filing a personal injury claim against a negligent party, there are many things to consider in regards to the damages that were inflicted upon you. A personal injury lawyer from Craig Swapp & Associates will help you understand the importance of non-economic damages in relation to your case.
While economic damages are losses that can be documented with receipts, bills, and invoices, non-economic damages are non-monetary and are subjectively based on the extent of your injuries.
Non-economic damages may include any of the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish
- Disfigurement and humiliation
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of enjoyment of activities
- Loss of consortium and lost sexual function
- Punitive damages
Recovering Compensation for Non-Economic Damages
Some of the largest losses after catastrophic injuries can be non-economic. Losing the ability to enjoy life or perform everyday activities is a huge loss and a burden for you and your loved ones. You may be in pain every time you perform a simple activity that you once undertook with ease, such as tying your child’s shoe, driving your car, or cooking a meal.
The elements that are usually taken into consideration when determining compensation for non-economic losses are the nature and extent of your injuries, the amount of physical pain and emotional suffering experienced, and the expected duration of your disability. Medical professionals who have been treating your injuries must document these factors in your medical records.
Negotiating Your Settlement with the Insurance Companies
It is important to be aware that there is no set formula for deciding what constitutes a fair and reasonable settlement for non-economic damages. Because insurance companies want to hold onto as much of their profits as possible, they may try to downplay the value of your injuries and undervalue your experience by offering a low settlement.
To protect your rights, we will aggressively negotiate with the insurance companies and defendants to ensure that you are fully and fairly compensated.
Contact a Spokane Personal Injury Attorney
If you have suffered injuries in an accident caused by the negligence of another, call Craig Swapp & Associates. Skilled in all types of personal injury litigation, we are dedicated to helping you recover the full settlement that you deserve for your injuries.
To schedule an appointment with one of our experienced injury lawyers, contact us online through the form below or call 1-800-404-9000 for a free, no-obligation consultation. We don’t get paid unless we obtain a settlement for you, so there’s no risk involved.