What Are Noneconomic Damages In Alabama?
When you’ve been in a serious accident, you’re likely looking at more than physical damages. While your expenses may be getting high, you’re also suffering physically, mentally and socially. These hardships are considered noneconomic damages because they don’t directly affect your wallet, but they affect your life nonetheless.
If they’re not monetary, then what exactly are noneconomic damages in Alabama? While Alabama law often divides damages into past, future and punitive damages, rather than by economic and noneconomic, there are a few major noneconomic damages that will likely impact your claim. The team at Henry C. Dailey, Jr., P.C. can help you calculate what you’re truly owed.
Pain And Suffering
While your medical expenses should cover all injury-related costs, the pain a person suffers after an accident can be intense and difficult to overcome. For example, if you suffered from a burn wound, your medical costs should cover every cost related to it.
Health care costs don’t, however, cover the sheer pain a burn causes. Many victims go into shock during the initial incident because the pain is so extreme. You deserve to be compensated for this in addition to your medical expenses.
Not all your suffering is caused by physical pain. After all, a spinal cord injury may not be all that painful — a complete spinal cord injury can cause paralysis and a loss of feeling below the point of the injury.
In these cases, the mental anguish of your injuries can cause much of your suffering. Losing your ability to take care of yourself is traumatic, and many people may struggle to deal with this life change.
Likewise, many serious accidents may emotionally traumatize a person. A dog bite, for instance, might leave you terrified of all canines, or a car crash might cause post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Mental anguish, then, should warrant compensation in your case.
Unfortunately, your accident might even affect the way you interact with others. For example, let’s say you suffered a traumatic brain injury and it has caused major mood swings and cognitive problems. While your family may be understanding, you may struggle to keep friends as you once did, and romantic partners may leave in the face of this issue.
You may lose the care of a spouse, domestic partner or friend because of your current state, and that loss can add more suffering to your experience. When you’ve suffered socially because of another person’s negligence, you should be compensated for it.
Our Attorneys Can Help
Noneconomic damages can cover many other areas, so if you’re looking for a comprehensive list of possible noneconomic damages in Alabama, speak to an attorney about your case and what it could be worth.
The attorneys at Henry C. Dailey, Jr., P.C. can help you seek all the damages you deserve and maximize the compensation you receive. For more help understanding noneconomic damages in Alabama, give us a call at 205-606-6970 or fill out the online contact form below.