What are Non-economic Damages in Nashville Personal Injury Lawsuits?
The economic damages that victims of negligence can pursue in a personal injury case include the costs of medical treatment, lost wages and even the costs of hiring someone to help care for the home and family during a recovery period. But particularly when injuries result in permanent disability, victims may face a lifetime of physical and emotional pain. Entire families suffer substantial emotional losses as their lives change forever. An experienced personal injury attorney helps injury victims pursue these non-economic damages, along with economic damages when negotiating or litigating personal injury claims.
Determining the value of economic losses is a precise and objective process. Personal injury attorneys in Nashville work with their clients to collect receipts and other records of actual expenses, and they often enlist help from medical specialists to help quantify anticipated expenses. But quantifying non-economic losses is a more subjective process. After all, how do you assign a monetary value to pain?
While injury victims often deserve significant compensation for non-economic losses, the Tennessee legislature juries placed limitations on non-economic damages in the Tennessee Civil Justice Act of 2011. Now injury victims can pursue a maximum of $750,000 in the majority of cases, although the cap increases to $1,000,000 for catastrophic injuries.
Tennessee tort reform limited the compensation many injury victims can claim for the non-economic damages caused by the negligence of another party. But William Stover, Attorney at Law is dedicated to pursuing the full compensation our clients need to move forward after suffering physical, emotional and financial setbacks from serious injuries.