What Are Non-Economic 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 non-economic damages because they don’t directly affect your wallet, but they affect your life nonetheless.

If they’re not monetary, then what exactly are non-economic damages in Alabama? While Alabama law often divides damages into past, future, and punitive damages, rather than by economic and non-economic, there are a few major non-economic damages that will likely impact your claim. The team at the Henry Dailey Law Firm 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.

Healthcare 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.  

Emotional Trauma

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.

Social Losses

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

Non-economic damages can cover many other areas, so if you’re looking for a comprehensive list of possible non-economic damages in Alabama, speak to an attorney about your case and what it could be worth.

The attorneys at the Henry Dailey Law Firm can help you seek all the damages you deserve and maximize the compensation you receive. For more help understanding non-economic damages in Alabama, give us a call at 205-995-2412 or fill out the online contact form below.