What Types of Damages Can I Recover?

At Johnnie Bond Law, we understand the complexities and challenges you may face after injury due to someone else’s negligence. Knowing what types of damages you can recover in a personal injury case is crucial whether you’re in Maryland, DC, or Virginia. Our approach is to keep things clear and concise, so let’s delve into the damages you may be entitled to.

Covering Tangible Losses

Economic damages play a critical role in personal injury law as they represent the calculable financial losses a person incurs due to an injury. These damages are often called “tangible losses” because they can be directly quantified in monetary terms. Let’s delve into what economic damages cover and their significance in a personal injury claim.

  1. The Foremost Consideration
    1. Immediate and Ongoing Costs: Economic damages include all medical expenses related to the injury. This encompasses the costs incurred immediately after the accident, like hospital bills, emergency medical care, and ongoing and future medical expenses. This includes rehabilitation, physical therapy, surgeries, medication, and long-term care needs.
    2. Comprehensive Coverage: The goal is to ensure that every aspect of medical treatment, from diagnostic tests to specialized equipment, is financially covered. This is crucial as medical expenses can be overwhelmingly high and can continue to accumulate over time, especially in cases of severe or chronic injuries.
  2. Compensating for Work Absence: When an injury forces a person to miss work, economic damages account for the wages lost during this period. This includes salaries, wages, bonuses, and other forms of income that would have been earned had the injury not occurred. Lost wages are typically verified through employment records and previous tax returns to accurately calculate what the injured party would have made.
  3. Loss of Earning Capacity: 
    1. Long-Term Financial Effects: In some cases, an injury can impact a person’s ability to work in the future. This is where the loss of earning capacity comes in. It compensates for the reduced ability to earn future income due to the injury’s long-term effects.
    2. Calculation Challenges: Determining loss of earning capacity can be more complex, as it involves projecting future earnings and considering factors like career trajectory, age, skills, and the severity of the disability. Professionals such as economists or vocational authorities are often involved in this calculation.
  4. Other Economic Losses: Economic damages may also cover other financial losses related to the injury. This could include the cost of home or vehicle modifications required due to a disability, transportation costs to medical appointments, and any other out-of-pocket expenses incurred because of the injury.
  5. The Importance of Full Accounting: The primary purpose of economic damages is to restore the injured party to the financial position they would have been in if the injury had not occurred. All monetary damages must be fully accounted for in a claim to ensure fair compensation. Accurately calculating economic damages requires comprehensive documentation, such as medical bills, receipts, employment records, and professional testimony. This meticulous approach ensures that all tangible losses are included in the claim.

Compensating the Intangible

Non-economic damages are about the intangible impacts of your injury. This encompasses pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of consortium. While these are not as easily quantifiable as economic damages, they are equally important. Our team at Johnnie Bond Law gives these aspects the attention they deserve, ensuring your emotional and psychological traumas are not overlooked.

When Negligence is Egregious

In cases where the defendant’s conduct was particularly reckless or malicious, punitive damages may be awarded. These are not about compensating you for your losses but are instead aimed at punishing the wrongdoer and deterring similar future behavior. While not common in personal injury cases, we’re prepared to pursue them if your situation warrants it.

Going Through Insurance and Liability Issues

Dealing with insurance companies can be overwhelming, especially when recovering from an injury. We take on the burden of negotiating with insurers and going through the complexities of liability. We’re committed to ensuring that insurance tactics do not short-change you and that all responsible parties are held accountable.

Get in Touch for a Free Consultation

At Johnnie Bond Law, we prioritize your recovery and rights. We understand the nuances of personal injury law in Maryland, DC, and Virginia and tailor our approach to suit your specific situation. We aim to secure the maximum compensation for you, allowing you to focus on healing. Call (202) 683-6803 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. Our friendly and approachable team is ready to discuss your case and outline how we can help you recover the damages you deserve.