Personal Injury Damages Explained

This post is the first in a series of comments explaining the concept of “damages” or in a personal injury claim, Personal Injury Damages. Broadly defined, “damages” is the amount of money provided to someone who has been harmed by the negligence or wrongful act of another. In my personal injury practice, clients often ask what their “case is worth.” Sometimes that question is asked early on in the process, other times much later. Regardless, an informed damages calculation requires not only a patient and thorough compilation of medical records and other documents necessary to prove damages, it also requires the assistance of an experienced attorney with a history of successful trial experience.

Items of damages applicable in many Wisconsin personal injury cases include:

Non-economic damages:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Permanent injury
  • Mental trauma and emotional anguish
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Functional disability
  • Loss of consortium

Economic damages:

  • Past and future medical care
  • Past and future prescription medication expenses
  • Loss of income or earnings capacity
  • Property Damage

I have often explained to clients that in order to place a proper valuation on a personal injury claim, after the client is done treating for his/her injuries, all medical records and supporting document must be compiled and carefully examined. To ask an experienced personal injury lawyer to place a value on a claim without fully “documenting the injuries” is akin to asking a building contractor to bid on a house without first reviewing the blueprints.

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