No matter how you are injured, you probably want to know how much you can recover. In Pennsylvania, damages (compensation for personal injuries) are broken down into four categories depending on the situation.
Economic damages are used for any present or future monetary losses. Examples of these expenses include medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses, lost wages, and lost future earning capacity. In addition, you may be able to receive compensation for any maintenance services you can no longer complete or execute on your own.
Unlike economic damages, non-economic damages are intangible losses. For example, compensation for disfigurement, embarrassment, suffering, humiliation, and loss of enjoyment are all considered non-economic damages.
It is important to note that the courts will consider several factors when calculating these types of damages. For example, they may consider the severity or permanency of an injury, how long the victim will be in pain or suffering, and how the age and life circumstances of the person injured. After looking at all of these factors, the courts will determine the number of recoverable non-economic damages to disburse.
Wrongful Death Damages
Wrongful death damages are given to the family members of a deceased person. Typically, this refers to the spouse, parents, or children of the person who passed away.
There are many expenses involved in the death of a family member. For example, the family may need to recover damages for medical bills, funeral and estate expenses, education, loss of future support, shelter, food contributions of the deceased family member, and anything else they relied on the decedent for.
Like wrongful death damages, survival damages are recovered by the decedent’s surviving spouse, parents, or children on behalf of the deceased victim. However, survival damages differ from wrongful death damages in that they cover the decedent’s pain and suffering before their death, as well as any of their lost earnings.
It is crucial to remember that your circumstances will determine the amount of compensation you will be able to recover. Therefore, it is in your best interest to contact an attorney that can help you receive full and fair damages.
To discuss your personal injury case with a qualified, experienced attorney, call Leonard J. Berger, Jr. today. With over 20 years of experience, Berger Legal can help you achieve the best possible outcome and fight to protect your rights. Serving the Pittsburgh, Washington, Greensburg, Butler, and surrounding Pennsylvania communities, call Attorney Berger at 412-498-1929 today.