When you suffer a serious injury that could have been prevented if it hadn’t been for the negligent decisions of another person, the liable party should be expected to compensate you for all you’ve been through.
We’re sure you know you should be able to recover your lost wages and medical expenses, but what about the damages that aren’t as easily quantifiable? Non-economic damages are the losses that have influenced your life and emotional state. We review some of the different damages in this category below.
The Impact on Your Lifestyle
The way an injury impacts your life can be far more devastating that the financial loss. For instance, let’s say you had to have your leg amputated after being struck by a car while riding your motorcycle. Before the accident, you loved to play flag football on the weekends, but now, you’ll be lucky to learn how to walk with a prosthetic limb. You’re now unable to enjoy your life like you did before.
Or maybe you suffered from severe depression after the accident, and the relationship with your spouse and children has been strained—so much so that your spouse has filed for divorce. This could warrant compensation for the loss of companionship and love.
In any case, it’s clear that the impact on your lifestyle can exceed your monetary damages, which is why non-economic damages should be considered carefully.
Dealing with Psychological Effects
It isn’t just the impact on your life, though. People who are involved in traumatic accidents are known to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and emotional distress. They don’t call it pain and suffering for nothing. The turmoil you feel is normal after a serious injury, and you can be sure that your attorney is going to fight for the compensation you deserve from the liable party.
Speak with a Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer
In Illinois, non-economic damages are an important factor in personal injury lawsuits. Injury victims deserve compensation for both the financial and non-financial effects of their injuries.
When you’re ready to move forward with your case, you’ll want an experienced Chicago personal injury lawyer at Lane & Lane, LLC by your side, ready to fight for all of the compensation you’re entitled to. You can schedule your free consultation today by calling our office at 312-332-1400 or by filling out the brief contact form at the bottom of this page.