Wrongful death and personal injury damages normally fall into two broad categories – economic and non-economic. Economic damages are monetary losses that have specific dollar amounts, such as medical expenses, lost wages, lost future earnings, and the like. On the other hand, non-economic damages are those damages that aren’t monetary in nature, such as pain and suffering, mental anguish or the loss of the enjoyment of life.
In many of the cases I handle, my clients don’t have large economic losses. Their damages consist mostly of pain and suffering or other non-financial harms. However, insurance companies and their attorneys often evaluate cases based solely on economic losses, thereby undervaluing the case. They’re motivated by verifiable dollar amounts and are often unable (or unwilling) to acknowledge and appreciate the non-financial aspects of a case. Therefore, in order to maximize the monetary recovery for my clients, I must help insurance companies see beyond the numbers.
A shooting victim killed at a place of business won’t incur substantial medical expenses. A blue collar worker or someone unemployed at the time may not have a significant claim for lost wages following a debilitating accident. Consider the grief of a husband who lost his wife in a fatal accident but still waits for her every evening to come through the front door and give him a kiss. Imagine the emotional suffering of a wife who, even though she doesn’t like football, watches her deceased husband’s favorite team every Sunday, so she can try to bring back in her mind some of the happy times they shared together. All of these victims are entitled to be compensated for their non-financial losses.
In conclusion, regardless of whether a wrongful death or injury victim has sustained significant economic losses, they still may be able to obtain substantial monetary recoveries for losses like pain and suffering, emotional distress, mental anguish, loss of the enjoyment of life, inconvenience, loss of parental guidance, loss of consortium, loss of society and companionship, and many others.
Wrongful death and personal injury attorney Andre G. Crenshaw has handled thousands of claims for injury and accident victims throughout Florida and has recovered millions of dollars on their behalf. Contact the Crenshaw Law Firm to discuss your wrongful death or personal injury claim and how we may be able to help you obtain monetary compensation.