Let’s say you are traveling on Interstate 264 (I-264) headed to MacArthur Center in Norfolk, VA when you are rear-ended by another vehicle. You suffered serious injuries requiring $15,000 worth of medical care and forced you to miss a month of work resulting in lost wages of $5,000. Your injuries also caused serious neck pain that led to you waking up in agony on a regular basis and your doctor informed you that you may have permanent damage to your shoulder.
In this scenario you have both economic and non-economic damages that can form the basis for a Norfolk car accident injury claim.
The $15,0000 worth of medical bills and $5,000 in lost wages qualify as economic damages. They are measurable expenses proximately caused by the auto accident. Your employer can produce wage statements and your medical providers can produce records of your treatment.
Conversely, the persistent neck pain ruining your ability to enjoy a good night’s rest and the potential permanent harm to your shoulder qualify as non-economic damages, or pain and suffering damages. These damages are less concrete in the sense that you cannot point to a single, itemized bill to exemplify the harm. What is the dollar value for a good night’s sleep and being able to get through the day without shoulder pain? It is difficult to place a monetary value on pain and suffering, which is why many auto insurance defense attorneys and claims adjusters fight to deny or reduce any financial restitution for pain and suffering.
Insurance defense lawyers and claims adjusters will try to argue that you were not really hurt that bad and work to limit any monetary compensation for these harms. This is why it is so important to have an experienced Norfolk personal injury attorney on your side. An attorney can help find ways to illustrate and explain to a judge and/or jury the physical and emotional harm you have suffered as a direct result of the accident. Contact Emily to set up a time to discuss your potential case.