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Non-economic Damages in Your West Virginia Personal Injury Claim


wooden gavelYou are most likely familiar with the fact that you can receive a wide variety of damages in the midst of your West Virginia personal injury claim, and this is especially true if you have been seriously injured at the hands of another party. Many of the damages that might be most familiar to you include lost wages from missing work, medical bills that continue to pile up and more economic damages that can be proven successfully. However, what happens if you believe that noneconomic damages play a role in your claim as well?

If a cost is related to your injury, you know that you will most likely find that it is covered by bringing a claim. Noneconomic damages, on the other hand, cover every other aspect, including those that are not as easy to calculate. Today, we would like to take a closer look at these damages, how they can impact your life, and your ability to compensate for what are known as “special damages.”

Types of Noneconomic Damages That You Might Find in Your Claim 

Physical Pain: If you have suffered from physical pain on a severe level, such as chronic pain that doesn’t seem to stop after your accident, you could be compensated for your losses. It is not always difficult to show others that you are in pain, which is why you must be able to show circumstantial evidence in your case so that the judge and jury will believe what you have to say. Perhaps your pain has impeded your ability to go to work, which is how you can show these damages.

Emotional Suffering: You can also receive compensation for emotional suffering damages if you have suffered in mental ways following your accident. Some victims might suffer from crippling anxiety or PTSD, where they relive moments of their accident again and again. This can have a serious impact on a person’s life, as much as physical injuries. This is why it is important for a medical professional to give you a diagnosis and for you to become involved in therapy so that you can prove your case. 

Disfigurement: It is not always easy to get back to your normal life after an accident when you have a constant reminder of what happened to you. This is why the courts have made a judgment that disfigurement damages are permitted in your case. Especially in cases where visible portions of the body have received scarrings, such as the arms and face, you will be able to receive high amounts of compensation. Judges and juries sympathize with those who have this reminder of their horrific accident. 

Loss of Consortium: When intimacy with your spouse is affected by your injuries, you will be able to receive these damages. Typically, these claims are brought by the spouse, as they are the ones seeking compensation for their losses. 

Loss of Quality of Life and Enjoyment of Life: When disability and pain have had a huge impact on your life and you are no longer able to enjoy your life, you can receive these damages.

How a West Virginia Personal Injury Attorney Can Help 

Being involved in a West Virginia car accident can have a huge effect on your life, as you might have found. Even in the earliest stages, the damages might continue to pile up against you and you might be in need of an experienced personal injury attorney who will offer their support in your dire time of need. Our attorneys at Katz, Kantor, Stonestreet & Buckner understand the ins and outs of these cases and can assist you in receiving the noneconomic damages that are owed to you. Please reach out to us for the help you deserve at (304) 713-2014.