If you are reading this post, there is a good chance that you have recently experienced a motor vehicle accident that left you with considerable injuries. You may also be facing substantial financial hardships because of the accident.
American states give victims the right to seek financial compensation for the economic losses they have suffered. The term economic loss or economic damage refers to the financial consequences of a crash. Common examples of economic losses include medical expenses and lost wages caused by your crash-related injuries.
Are pain and suffering damages available to Georgia accident victims?
Pain and suffering damages are also known as non-economic damages. Unlike economic damages, these damages address the kind of suffering that is hard to assess in purely financial terms. Not all states permit pain and suffering, but Georgia does allow injured parties to pursue this type of non-economic damages.
When they are determining if victims deserve pain and suffering damages, judges and juries usually take the following factors into account:
- The severity of the victim’s initial injuries
- The degree of physical pain caused by the injury
- The potential for the victim to suffer ongoing or additional problems
- The degree of permanent scarring or disfigurement the victim may suffer
- The effect the victim’s injury has had on his or her family members
Georgia is one of several states that does not put a cap on the amount of pain and suffering damages a victim may acquire. In other words, a well-prepared and presented argument by a skilled lawyer can put thousands or perhaps hundreds of thousands of dollars in your hands. In turn, you can meet all your financial burdens while getting the medical care you need to recover from your accident-related injuries.