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Receiving emotional damages after injury or wrongful death

October 19, 2018

Many individuals suffer tremendous emotional trauma due to injuries sustained in car accidents. Some families face the substantial loss of a loved one in cases of wrongful death vehicle crashes. Whether you are the individual who sustained life-threatening injuries, or you are a family member of a lost loved one, Texas law may give you the opportunity to receive compensation beyond tangible expenses.

Noneconomic damages exist to aid in reimbursing individuals and families for emotional suffering they experience due to their accidents. While economic damages seek to compensate for medical expenses, rehabilitative care and necessary funeral costs, the court calculates noneconomic damages by quantifying your intangible losses due to the negligence of another driver. When seeking compensation for your losses, you want the best representation. Attorneys that represent victims and families in personal injury and wrongful death cases have experience in working to obtain maximum reimbursement for your bodily and emotional losses. Do not settle for less than you deserve.

Quantifying noneconomic damages

When a loved one passes away, Texas court understands that family members may suffer serious emotional pain. If you face serious life-long injury such as quadriplegia or traumatic brain injury, the court will also recognize that, but for the negligent action of a driver, you would not have faced these difficulties.

A judge, based on the circumstances of the accident, will attempt to award you or family members up to $750,000 in noneconomic damages. These emotional damages may include:

  • Physical pain
  • Emotional suffering
  • Loss of movement
  • Disfigurement
  • Physical impairment
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Inconvenience
  • Loss of life
  • Loss of work
  • Loss of reputation

Judges look closely at the suffering you or your family may endure after a tragic accident and assigns numerical values to any intangible trauma you may face. Perhaps you can no longer walk, and your passion involved running marathons. Perhaps your family member that passed away was a young child, and your family feels they have suffered greatly.

The compensation you receive after a personal injury or wrongful death damages case matters greatly. Having your associated expenses reimbursed and your emotional losses compensated for can allow you to recover and grieve without monetary burden. To receive maximum damages, you may wish to utilize the help of a committed, compassionate attorney.

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