Following a personal injury, you may suffer injuries for which you may be due for compensation. The damages depend on the harm you suffered from the injuries, and they may be either economic or non-economic.
Economic injuries involve the monetary expenses you incurred due to the personal injury, including the cost of medication, lost present and future wages, and any damage to property. Non-economic damages involve the non-monetary losses you suffered, such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, or loss of consortium.
Although non-economic damages are not easily quantifiable, the courts may assign value to them and include such amounts in the final compensation package.
Damage caps do not apply in New York
Most states have damage caps that limit the amount of compensation that you may be awarded. It means that no matter the extent of your injuries, you may only be awarded the maximum amount defined by the damage caps. However, the state of New York has no damage caps on other economic or non-economic damages. It means that what the jury decides is enough compensation will be what you get.
Improve your chances of adequate compensation
There are steps that you can take that will increase your chances of getting adequate compensation. Some helpful tips include:
- Keep a record of the medical bills you incurred
- Get repair estimates and keep your repair bills in case your vehicle is damaged
- A statement from your doctor detailing how many days you will be off work will also help
- If your injuries interfere with other aspects of your life, having some evidence to back such claims is also advisable
Above all, it is crucial to understand how the law works to navigate your case smoothly. That way, you will protect your legal rights by getting the necessary information before taking any action.