What Are Non-Economic Damages in California?

In a personal injury suit, you will be eligible to win economic damages. This is compensation for financial hardships you’ve encountered as a result of your injury, such as medical expenses and lost wages. Most people know that, but many California injury victims are unaware that they could pursue another type of compensation: non-economic damages.

But non-economic losses are harder to put a direct price tag on. That’s because you can’t see them or easily calculate their value.

What’s a Non-Economic Damage?

Examples of non-economic damages you may be able to recover include those for pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of consortium, reduced enjoyment of life, scarring and disfigurement, and diminished quality of life.

In many cases, the amount of compensation you receive for non-economic damages may exceed the economic damages you are awarded.

Some variables that can affect your compensation for non-economic damages include the duration and severity of your injuries, how much your injuries have affected your day-to-day life, and how long you expect your full recovery to take.

Legal Factors to Take Into Consideration

Regardless of the extent and type of your damages, you will want to take into account California’s statute of limitations, which gives accident victims two years from the date of their accident to present a suit.

Additionally, you will want to keep in mind that California caps the amount of compensation you can receive for non-economic damages in a medical malpractice suit at $250,000.

Contact a California Personal Injury Lawyer

Many personal injury victims are intimidated by the prospect of pursuing non-economic damages, particularly because there is no concrete way to calculate them.

Thankfully, a California personal injury lawyer at Bohn & Fletcher, LLP would be glad to help you with this and any other matters relevant to your suit. To get started, contact us at 408-279-4222 or complete the contact form below.