You have filed a claim against the person or business who was at fault for your injuries. Your Charlotte personal injury lawyer talks about your damages, enters into settlement negotiations and obtains compensation for your personal injuries.

You may wonder just how your damages will be determined. To start off, there are three types of damages you need to know: economic, non-economic and punitive.

Economic Damages

For economic damages, you may be reimbursed for all expenses you incurred due to the negligent act that caused your injury. For example, you add up all of your medical expenses and come up with a specific dollar amount. If you have to travel any distance for medical care, keep track of your mileage and out-of-pocket expenses. If you are permanently disabled, the cost of future medical care can be estimated.

The wages you lost due to your injury clearly fall into the category of economic damages. Also, so does the cost of job retraining if you are unable to return to your former employment. If your new job pays less than your old job, or if you are permanently disabled due to your injury and cannot work at all, the amount of income you will lose over your lifetime counts as an economic damage.

Non-Economic Damages

This is the damages category for your “pain and suffering.” It is sometimes difficult to put a number on this loss. If you are working with a personal injury attorney, the attorney will do the research for you. One way to determine this is to analyze the dollar amount of pain and suffering awards juries have given in the past to those who suffered injuries similar to yours. Of course, those with the most serious injuries will receive a greater pain and suffering settlement than those whose injuries are less severe.

Punitive Damages

The purpose of economic and non-economic damages is, in legal terms, to “make you whole.” This means to put you in as close to the same position as you were before you were injured. Punitive damages are intended to punish the one responsible for your injury. In most actions for negligence, punitive damages are not available. They will only be added when the negligent conduct of the person or business that caused your injury was outstandingly egregious.

Experienced personal injury attorneys know what to expect from insurers and know how to negotiate to maximize the amount of your compensation. Through their expertise, you receive all the damages to which you are legally entitled. Contact us at Campbell & Associates, Attorneys at Law, for a free consultation.