Understanding The Different Categories Of Compensation Available In A Personal Injury Lawsuit
In the state of Pennsylvania, compensation for personal injuries, referred to as damages, that individuals can recover, are broken down into different classes.
There are four main categories. Which ones you can recover will depend on your specific situation.
Economic damages are those intended to compensate you for present and future lost monetary expenses. Medical bills, lost wages, lost future earning capacity, and out-of-pocket expenses, such as maintenance services you can no longer perform on your own, are all classified as economic damages.
Non-economic damages are not tangible losses like economic damages. Compensation for pain and suffering, disfigurement, embarrassment and humiliation, and loss of enjoyment of life are the types of damages that fall under the non-economic category.
Courts often consider factors such as the severity of the injury, the permanency of the injury, the duration and extent of the party's pain and suffering, and the party's age and life circumstance, among others, to determine the amount of noneconomic damages recoverable for individual situations.
Wrongful Death Damages
Wrongful death damages are those that can be recovered by the decedent's surviving family members, such as a spouse, child or parent. Types of recoverable damages in a wrongful death lawsuit include medical, funeral and estate expenses, loss of future support and/or clothing, education, shelter and food contributions of the decedent, among others.
Survival damages are those that can be recovered by the surviving spouse, child or parent on behalf of a deceased family member. Types of survival damages that can be recovered include the loved one's conscious pain and suffering prior to death and the loved one's lost earnings, among other types.
Reach Out To Our Attorneys For A Case-By-Case Analysis
The types of compensation and how much you can recover will depend on your specific circumstances. At Goodrich & Geist, P.C., our Pittsburgh lawyers have decades of experience helping individuals recover for personal injuries. We know the law. We know the procedures. We can help you.
Reach out to us to talk in greater detail about your situation and potential damages you could recover. Call 800-806-2456 or send us an email.