black man on a wheel chair | types of damages in a personal injury lawsuitIn law, “damages” are a type of remedy meant to be paid to a claimant, or the “plaintiff” or person making the claim in a lawsuit, as a way to compensate them for a loss or injury. In order to warrant the award, the plaintiff must prove that a breach of duty on the part of the “defendant”, or the person being sued in the lawsuit, caused a foreseeable loss or injury to the plaintiff. This loss must involve damage to property, or a physical or mental injury. It is rare that a purely economic loss is used for the award of damages. Learn more about the types of damages in a personal injury lawsuit below.

Economic Damages vs Non-economic Damages

The first category of damages that can be recovered after an injury are economic damages. Economic, or ‘specific’ damages are meant to provide the plaintiff with compensation for measurable losses. These can include:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Wages lost due to an injury
  • Loss of future earning capacity 
  • Loss of home services
  • Costs associated with replacing or fixing damaged property

In the majority of personal injury situations, the largest part of the damages awarded are typically meant to compensate for medical expenses, such as:

  • Hospital bills
  • Ambulance bills
  • Medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Psychological therapy

The second category of damages is noneconomic damages. Also known as ‘general’ damages, these are not measurable, which means they can’t be accounted for with medical bills, repair costs, etc. Examples of non-economic damages are:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Disability
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

Damages in Colorado

The damages available under Colorado law can vary depending on the nature of the case, and there are a number of laws governing the amount of time a plaintiff has to bring a lawsuit, and even laws capping the amount that a plaintiff can be awarded. 

It is important to contact an experienced attorney to discuss the specific circumstances of your case, in order to fully understand what your legal options are, and what the time frame is for when you must take action.

Contact the Personal Injury Attorneys at Paysinger Law, P.C. Today

If you or someone you love has been injured in the state of Colorado, you need an experienced and skilled attorney on your side from the start. You may be able to recover fair compensation that can help you get back on your feet, and pay expensive medical bills. Call the Lakewood personal injury lawyers at Paysinger Law, P.C. today. Our family run law firm offers FREE case consultations and can be reached at 303.279.0221, or by filling out the contact form on this page.

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