When filing a car accident claim, many people believe that they can only collect damages for their medical expenses. While these damages are absolutely covered in your personal injury claim, you may be entitled to additional compensation for other types of damages you sustained in the accident.
In Tennessee, damages are broken down into two categories: economic and non-economic damages. Below, we will break down the types of losses covered in each of these categories.
These are the damages are more easily calculated because it involves adding up your total out-of-pocket expenses. Such damages include:
We prefer the term “Intangible Damages.” While intangible damages may be more difficult to calculate, they are no less “real” than ‘economic damages.’ Basically, these are damages you should be compensated for because of how the accident may have impacted your life. Non-economic damages that you may seek compensation for include:
The compensation you receive for non-economic damages will largely depend on your attorney’s ability to show how your life was impacted because of the accident and how it has caused you serious emotional harm.
In Tennessee, non-economic damages are capped to $750,000 in personal injury cases. However, if the injury is deemed a “catastrophic injury,” the cap is increased to $1 million. Please see our discussion of Tennessee’s Caps on Damages here. Examples of catastrophic injuries in Tennessee include:
The attorneys at The Haynes Firm know just how an injury can impact your life and that of your family. Contact The Haynes Firm for dedicated and compassionate legal representation. We treat our clients like family and will tirelessly fight to ensure that you receive the compensation that you need to heal.
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