What Are Non-Economic Damages in Florida?
Getting injured in an accident can leave you with significant medical bills and other financial issues. What many people don’t see, however, is the emotional damage that an accident and injury can cause. When you’re put through an unexpected and traumatic event that changes the course of your life, a lot of pain and suffering comes as a result.
Non-economic damages are the ways in which an accident has affected a victim’s lifestyle. It’s important for victims to recover non-economic damages in personal injury lawsuits because no one deserves to experience trauma because of someone else’s negligence. The negligent party should have to award the victim in an amount that covers more than just their financial losses.
At The Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo, we strive to help injured victims receive the maximum settlement possible after their accidents. If you’ve been injured in a traumatic accident, a West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer from our team can work to include all of your damages, both economic and non-economic, in your claim.
Types of Non-Economic Damages
Similar to other states, Florida has a few categories for non-economic damages, which includes pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress, scarring and disfigurement, and loss of consortium. Florida used to have a cap on how much an injured victim could claim in non-economic damages but recently, the state decided that it was unconstitutional to put a cap on these damages.
Punitive damages are another form of non-economic damages that can be awarded to victims by a judge in specific circumstances. Punitive damages are only awarded when the defendant is proven to have been particularly harmful or blatantly negligent in some way. For example, if a drunk driver is on their second or third DUI charge and injures a victim, then punitive damages may be awarded.
Reach Out to a West Palm Beach Personal Injury Attorney
One of the reasons victims choose to file a personal injury lawsuit as opposed to filing an insurance claim after an accident is because lawsuits help victims obtain both economic and non-economic damages. Insurance companies usually won’t account for these additional, intangible damages.
At The Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo, we understand that not all of your suffering is related to finances and we know that you also deserve to be compensated for the emotional burden you’ve had to bear. If you’re ready to speak with a West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer about your case, fill out the contact form below or call 561-659-6366 to schedule a free consultation.