Noneconomic damages in a personal injury case are damages for pain and suffering, disability, physical impairment, disfigurement, mental anguish, inconvenience, aggravation of a disease or physical defect and loss of capacity for enjoyment of life sustained in the past and to be sustained in the future.
Noneconomic damages are listed in model verdict form 2(a) for personal injury damages in Florida which is located on the Florida Supreme Court website. This is a sample form, for the damages portion of the case that a jury may use in a Florida injury case.
If someone’s negligence caused your injury in a Florida accident, then you are able to recover economic damages against the defendant. Economic damages are outside the scope of this article.
Noneconomic damages, economic damages and punitive damages make up the damages that you may be able to recover in a Florida injury case.
One of the components of noneconomic damages is pain and suffering. There is no exact standard for measuring pain and suffering damages. Find out how much your pain and suffering may be worth.
Now I said that if someone’s negligence caused your injury in a Florida, then you may be able to recover non-economic damages against the defendant. Keep in mind that this is subject to over 37 factors affect the settlement value of an injury claim. There are also over 13 important factors that affect the value of an auto case, and thus recovery of noneconomic damages.
Your settlement will most likely not include the exact same non-economic damages component as someone you know who settled their case or a settlement that you read about on the internet.
The pain and suffering amount should be fair and just in the light of the evidence. Pain and suffering damages are often the largest part of a settlement.
In many, but not all, types of Florida auto accident cases, you must have a permanent injury to be able to get money for non-economic damages. Find out if you can get non-economic damages (pain, suffering, etc.) in a Florida auto accident case.
In most other types of accidents such as in a slip and fall and non-motor vehicle accident, if you can show that the defendant’s negligence caused your injuries, then you do not need to prove that you have a permanent injury to be entitled to recover non-economic damages. Again, keep in mind that there are many factors (linked to above) that you can reduce your recovery.
Since you don’t need a permanent injury in a slip and fall or non-motor vehicle accident case, a liability insurer may pay you less in a Florida minor impact soft tissue case then in a Florida non-motor vehicle case with the same injuries and clear liability.
Check out some of the many Florida injury cases that we have settled, including but not limited to car accidents, slip and falls, and cruise ships accidents. We want to represent you if you were injured in an accident in Florida, on a cruise ship or boat. If you live in Florida but were injured in another state we may also be able to represent you.
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