What is my claim worth? Damages in Texas personal injury lawsuits

July 9, 2009

Damages are the amount of money that is awarded to a successful plaintiff in a Texas personal injury lawsuit. In Texas, damages fall into one of two broad categories: economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are much easier to calculate because they can be quantified through objective information such as the plaintiff’s medical bills and the value of personal property that was destroyed.

Economic damages include:

·        Past and future medical expenses

·        Lost wages, both present and future

·        Loss of earning capacity

·        Damage to personal property

·        Any other costs that are a direct result of an injury sustained in the car accident

·        Court costs

Non-economic damages are the more difficult of the two when it comes to assigning a value. Pain and suffering, for example, fall into the category of non-economic damages. In many Texas personal injury lawsuits, pain and suffering-related damages represent a significant amount of the overall award.

Under Texas law, non-economic damages in a personal injury lawsuit can include:

·        Physical pain and suffering

·        Mental anguish

·        Emotional suffering

·        Physical impairment

·        Disfigurement

·        Loss of enjoyment of life

·        Loss of consortium and companionship

·        Inconvenience

·        Injury to reputation

If you have been the victim of an accident, contact the law firm of Fears | Nachawati to find out what damages you may be entitled to. For a free consultation from a Texas personal injury lawyer, email us at info@fnlawfirm.com or call us on our toll-free number at 1.866.705.7584.

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