Are Emotional Damages Compensated In Personal Injury Cases

When you’re involved in an injury, it can be quite costly. Besides the physical pain, it puts a hurt on your financial stability as well. From medical bills, prescription medicine, treatments and rehab sessions, and the extra expenses that come from a sudden shock to your normal routine, things start to add up in a hurry.

But there is another cost to injuries of a traumatic nature, and much like an athlete’s intangibles, it is somewhat hard to measure. When it comes to emotional damage compensation, it’s hard to determine a dollar amount for it. With other compensation, it is easy to calculate the cost of bills, lost wages, and repair costs and arrive at a number that makes sense. But when it comes to emotional damages, it’s not that simple. How can you calculate how much damage is done by added anxiety? What is your peace of mind worth? How can you put a price on your happiness.

The good news is that in a personal injury case you can be compensated not only for your physical injuries, but for any emotional damage that has occurred as well. Emotional damages basically account for any psychological impact that the incident has had on you.

For example, if you are involved in a serious car accident, it may take you quite some time to feel comfortable driving or even traveling by car. Although it is difficult to determine exactly what this will cost you financially, there is no question that it has an impact on your daily life. So this would be factored in to emotional damage compensation.

Other emotional damages include but are not limited to stress and anxiety, a loss of sleep, fear, humiliation, nightmares, depression, and even loss of self-esteem. There is quite a bit of subjectivity to these damages, because everyone reacts to circumstances differently. That’s what makes it so difficult to quantify.

If you feel that you have suffered emotional damages due to a personal injury, make sure to document your experiences. Deciding on an amount for emotional damages compensation can be a difficult process, but we can help. At Oldham & Smith we are experienced in personal injury cases, and we will fight for your rights and make sure you are compensated for all damages, both physical and emotional. If you have questions and would like a free consultation, contact us today.


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