Being made a victim of a personal injury accident likely means that you have incurred serious injuries and damages. You do not deserve to go through this great physical, mental, and financial burden, especially because this accident was due to no fault of your own. The only way you may be able to be compensated for your troubles is through a personal injury claim. Follow along to find out what damages you may recover after your accident and how one of the proficient Panama City personal injury attorneys at Manuel & Thompson, PA can help you in retrieving them.
What types of damages can I recover after my personal injury accident?
As the plaintiff of a personal injury lawsuit, you may seek to recover both economic damages and non-economic damages. As the names suggest, economic damages refer to your objective, monetary losses while non-economic damages reference your subjective, non-monetary losses. Examples of both include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Economic damages:
- Your lost wages or earning capacity (especially relevant in a workplace accident claim).
- Your medical expenses (especially relevant in a medical malpractice claim).
- Your property damages (especially relevant in a car accident claim or premises liability claim).
- Non-economic damages:
- Your physical pain and suffering.
- Your mental anguish and emotional distress.
- Your body disfigurement.
- Your loss of society.
- Your depreciated quality of life.
There is no limit to the amount of economic damages you may claim. But it is nonetheless important to remain honest in seeking the appropriate amount of financial compensation you require or anticipate to require to heal.
On the other hand, it is worth mentioning that there is a statutory cap for non-economic damages in the state of Maryland. This is $1,093,750, and it specifically applies to wrongful death cases made by two or more surviving family members.
Can I seek to claim punitive damages?
We understand that no amount of money may make up for the traumatic experience and aftermath that was your personal injury accident.
This is why, in addition to seeking financial compensation, you may seek to claim punitive damages. This is because punitive damages exceed simple compensation. Instead, they are intended to punish the defendant for outrageous conduct and deter them from engaging in similar conduct in the future.
Notably, there is no statutory cap on punitive damages in the state of Maryland. Rather, the jury may value them as high as three to 10 times the amount of your awarded compensatory damages.
The bottom line is that, if you require financial compensation to heal from your injuries and damages, then you need one of the talented Panama City personal injury attorneys in your corner. Call or send a message to Manuel & Thompson, PA today. We look forward to hearing from you.