What's The Difference Between Economic And Noneconomic Damages?

Filing a personal injury claim can be confusing, especially if you don't understand the legal terminology involved in your case or what laws apply to your specific situation. In the end, some find this confusion far too overwhelming, often forgoing a claim that could take care of much more than just medical expenses and lost wages.

Seek the economic and noneconomic compensation you deserve -- including punitive damages.

At Drivon Turner & Waters, PLC, we believe that informing our clients about their personal injury case is the best way to leave them feeling confident about the decisions they make moving forward. We outline the law and answer our clients' questions honestly to minimize confusion and maximize favorable resolutions.

Understanding The Compensation Owed To You

In all types of personal injury cases, our lawyers evaluate the injuries our clients have suffered to determine the types of damages they are owed and how much they should total. We look at:

  • Economic damages — current and future medical bills, current and future lost wages, and loss of earning potential
  • Noneconomic damages — pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of companionship, and loss of enjoyment of life

In California, the amount of damages you can recover depends heavily on the type of case you have:

  • General personal injury — Economic damages are paid out according to the costs accrued because of the accident while noneconomic damages receive no cap.
  • Medical malpractice — There is a $250,000 cap on noneconomic damages.

If you don't file a claim within the specific statutes of limitations, you will miss out on your opportunity to collect damages from an at-fault party altogether.

We're In This Together With You

Though it's possible to collect economic and noneconomic damages — even punitive damages in certain cases — it's important to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney to determine the value of your case.

At Drivon Turner & Waters, PLC, we pride ourselves on the fact that we have been serving injury victims for more than 40 years. We find the balance between offering a compassionate ear to our clients and aggressively advocating to get the job done. We will make sure you don't face your legal challenge alone.

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For legal advice concerning your case, call our Stockton office at 209-800-8971 or email our firm to speak with an attorney today. Free initial consultations are available.