What Are Non-Economic Damages in Texas?
After a serious accident, you have a heap of problems to deal with. Visits to different medical specialists, missed work, and the physical pain accompanying your injuries can take an emotional toll.
When you’ve been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. In Texas, that compensation can be broken down into the broad categories of economic and non-economic damages.
Non-economic damages refer to the consequences of your injuries that don’t involve money.
While the process of identifying economic damages like medical costs and property damage is generally straightforward, identifying non-economic damages can be more complex.
Below are some of types non-economic damages for which you can seek compensation in Texas:
- Physical Impairment – Physical impairment can include any consequence of your injury that results in the loss of your enjoyment of life due to another party’s actions.
- Pain and Suffering – This non-economic damage can encompass past and future physical pain and emotional suffering.
- Disfigurement – A permanent change in your appearance, such as scarring or the loss of a limb, after an accident can be included in this category.
- Emotional Distress – A mental health professional can usually help you prove your emotional distress was a result of your injury.
- Loss of Consortium – This damage is recoverable if someone lost the love, affection, protection, care, or companionship of a loved one as a result of someone else’s negligence.
You Need Proof
You’re likely wondering how a jury will decide what dollar figures to attach to your non-economic losses. The answer depends largely on the case your lawyer builds for you.
The attorneys at Colley & Colley, LLP work with experts in their fields to place a value on your pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other intangible damages.
Experts who can help determine the value of your non-economic damages include the following:
- Psychiatrists – Diagnose and treat mental disorders, which can result from the accident
- Psychologists – Similar to psychiatrists, but rather than prescribing medication, they perform cognitive behavioral therapy and diagnose emotional injuries
- Certified Life Planners – Typically nurses who help deal with the daily challenges of living with an injury
- Doctors – Provide a general picture of your present and future treatment and injuries, as well as the limitations your injuries have put on your enjoyment of everyday life
- Neurosurgeons – Help illustrate the levels of pain you’re dealing with and any brain injuries you’ve sustained
Reach Out to Colley & Colley, LLP
When you file a personal injury claim, you’ll want a lawyer who knows how to win you compensation for all of your damages—not just the obvious ones.
To learn more about the non-economic damages related to your injuries and file a personal injury lawsuit, call Colley & Colley, LLP at 1-877-411-2001 or fill out the online contact form at the bottom of this page.