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Recoverable Damages in a Personal Injury Claim

In the event that you or someone you love has been injured in a traffic accident in Anchorage that was caused by the negligence of another person and you are pursuing an Anchorage personal injury claim as a result, a number of recoverable damages exist that you may be able to be financially compensated for. The word “damages” is used to describe any recoverable losses you may have suffered due to your injuries. You, the plaintiff, are able to receive payment for damages, economic and non-economic in nature, depending on the severity of your injuries.

If you have recently suffered injuries and/or losses due to a negligently caused traffic accident in Anchorage, contact an Anchorage personal injury lawyer to see how you can move forward from your accident aftermath. The Law Office of Jason Skala has been successfully providing injured accident victims and their families with just financial compensation for damages and losses incurred in accidents caused by negligence for many years. We possess the experience necessary in order to provide you and your loved ones with the financial compensation and justice that you deserve. 

Defining Damages

Calculating damages in a personal injury case entails considering all losses sustained by the party who was injured by another person’s negligence. Damages often include medical costs for injury treatment or the cost required to fix any damaged property. However, damages in a personal injury claim can include more than the money utilized to address injuries.

For instance, if a person’s injuries forced them to miss work and lose wages, damages in their personal injury claim can include lost wages. You may even be able to collect financial compensation for projected future wages that may be lost due to your injuries. This is known as loss of earning capacity — in the event that your injuries prevent you from working in the future. 

Punitive damages may be awarded to you in the case that the person who caused your injuries was grossly or purposely negligent. These damages can include extra expenses used to punish the negligent party for the damage they’ve caused. If wrongful death was caused, your lawyer may include funeral costs and other associated costs with your loved one’s passing. 

Non Economic vs Economic Damages

Economic damages are also called specific damages. These are designed to financially compensate the plaintiff for their measurable losses. Some examples of economic damages include: 

  • Medical expenses, past and future
  • Lost wages
  • Lost work opportunities due to the injuries suffered
  • The cost of repairing or replacing damaged property

In most personal injury cases, medical expenses are the bulk of awarded damages. They can include hospital bills, emotional/mental therapy costs, medication costs, ambulance bills, etc. 

Economic damages can be calculated by adding the amounts on your receipts from the pharmacy, doctor’s office, hospital invoices, and other various bills associated with the medical treatment of your injuries.

Non-economic damages also referred to as general damages, are damages that are not considered “measurable.” These types of damages cannot be calculated by adding up receipts and bills. General damages indemnify for non-financial, non-calculable losses. Some examples of non-economic damages are: 

  • Emotional distress
  • The injury itself
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disability/disfigurement
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of enjoyment
  • Physical impairment

These types of damages are extremely subjective and vary from claim to claim. Being naturally complicated to calculate, non-economic damages are subject to strict adherence determined by each individual jurisdiction. 

Selecting a lawyer right for your case is not always a simple task. Choosing an experienced, reputable, and skilled attorney is always in your best interest. The Law Office of Jason Skala boasts a successful track record of clients who have been provided with full and fair financial compensation for their injuries and incurred losses. Call our law firm today at 907-569-6633 in order to speak with a compassionate and knowledgeable attorney concerning your own personal injury claim in Anchorage or another city in Alaska. 

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