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Calculating Emotional Damages in a Personal Injury Case

By Edited Jun 19, 2016 0 0

In a personal injury accident, victims suffer different types of damages. Some of these damages include property damages, medical expenses, and lost wages. As you can observe, these damages pertain to material things. But there are also losses that refer to emotional damages like pain and suffering and loss of companionship. While these are also considered damages, computing them is different from estimating property, medical and wage losses.

If you were a personal injury victim and you suffered emotional damages, you should seek legal assistance from a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer. With the help of an attorney, you may be able to compute your emotional damages.

Here are some factors to consider when estimating emotional damages for personal injury victims:

  • Physical pain caused by the injury – You should present enough information to verify the severity of your injuries. You can do this by taking pictures of your wounds or condition, or keeping a diary of your experiences after the accident.
  • Inability to perform any substantial gainful activity and earn money – Being incapable of working often creates depression and a sense of worthlessness for personal injury victims. If you have these kinds of feelings, you can include them as emotional damages.
  • Loss of consortium – In case where someone has died because of the accident, the surviving relatives may file a wrongful death claim. If the decedent is a young professional, the family may also compute for the possible earnings that they will lose because of his death.
  • Extent of damages to quality of living – Even if you manage to be alive, you can still demand emotional damages if the accident caused extensive damages to your way of living. For instance, if you would become stuck in a wheelchair for a long period of time, that would qualify as a good reason to obtain emotional damages.

These are just some things your party can use to compute the emotional damages of your personal injury case. When filing an injury accident lawsuit against an individual or party, you should remember to back up your accusations with enough evidence to have a stronger case. Your attorney will be of great help in this aspect of your complaint.

People say that emotional wounds are much more difficult and take a longer time to heal than physical injuries. Fortunately, courts recognize this principle and require compensation from parties causing pain and suffering to other people. If ever you encountered this situation, just look for an LA personal injury lawyer to help you recover from your losses.



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