Date:July 6, 2015
If you are calculating your harms and losses in your personal injury or wrongful death case resulting from a construction accident, you may consider contacting a Manchester construction accident lawyer from the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, PLLC. If you were injured or have a loved one who was killed in a construction accident caused by someone else’s negligence, a lawsuit may help you recover damages.
Harms and losses in any personal injury or wrongful death case typically begin with economic damages and work towards non-economic damages. Non-economic damages may be anything from physical or mental distress to emotional loss associated with the injury. While non-economic damages are usually the largest to be collected, courts may examine the quantitative damages first. Economic damages are generally the simplest type of damages to determine since there is often significant evidence to prove how much the claimant is owed. A Manchester construction accident lawyer can provide guidance in determining which type of damages you sustained.
From medical expenses to lost wages, if you had to take significant time off from work, receipts and hospital and doctors’ bills will make economic damages relatively easy to quantify. Once they are out of the way, the much more complicated process of placing a figure on non-economic damages begins. The largest positive value for economic damages is the loss of earnings or the ability to earn a living. The loss of property is another form of economic damages that is relatively easy to quantify. If your property was damaged, you may also receive compensation. These losses have a positive value, may be quantified in some cases, and they were caused by the defendant.
Economic damages are generally related to past and future medical costs, including rehabilitation and special accommodation costs. The defendant has a responsibility to reimburse you for such costs if it is determined that he or she engaged in a breach of duty, which led to your damages. If you lost a loved one in a construction accident caused by the defendant’s breach of duty, he or she may also be required to reimburse you for funeral expenses. It is common to see funeral cost reimbursement in wrongful death cases. A Manchester construction accident lawyer may be able to help you recover negative economic damages from a loved one’s death if they were caused by a negligent employer.
Non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life, often involve emotional and psychological damages and thus are difficult to quantify. Jurors will be called upon to place a value on your pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life. Non-economic damages also include mental impairment, loss of companionship, pain, mental anguish, physical disfigurement, physical impairment, and mental impairment.
Contact the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman PLLC today at (603) 624-7200 for more information on pursuing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit after a construction accident. A Manchester construction accident lawyer may be able to help you prove that the accident was caused by someone else’s breach of duty and that you are entitled to compensation.