Should I Pursue Non-Economic Damages?October 17, 2019
If you have been injured in a car accident that was caused by another person’s negligence, you will likely be eligible for compensation. However, what many people may not realize is that you have a much better chance of receiving a full financial recovery by filing a personal injury lawsuit as opposed to accepting a settlement from your insurance company. An insurance settlement generally covers the cost of medical bills, while a personal injury lawsuit allows you to collect significantly more compensation for non-economic damages. A skilled car accident lawyer will work closely with you to secure the full benefits to which you are entitled.
While it may be tempting to accept a settlement offer from your insurance company, it is common for them to present lowball offers, assuming that you will accept the money without questioning whether it is a fair offer. Even if you receive the maximum monetary amount from your insurance company, you will never be able to collect the full compensation you deserve unless you file a personal injury lawsuit against the person responsible for your injury.
Important Information About Non-Economic Damages
- You are entitled to compensation for non-economic damages: Non-economic damages are different from economic damages in that they have a significant impact on your daily life. Property damage to a vehicle or lost wages are considered economic damages because of the financial impact. Non-economic damages have a much more significant impact on a person’s quality of life; examples include pain and suffering, emotional distress, scarring and disfigurement, and loss of consortium.
- Your injuries may be more severe than you realize. Certain injuries may not be noticeable right away. For example, soft tissue injuries may not cause pain or swelling right away. Whiplash and certain head injuries can take weeks for symptoms to appear. As a result, it is important that you are able to secure the compensation necessary to cover the cost of treatment.
- Negligence is a serious issue and unsafe conditions are often ignored. Companies that are aware of unsafe conditions may encourage injured workers to file a Workers’ Compensation claim because it does not consider fault. Unfortunately, this often means that the company is not forced to make changes to its unsafe work conditions. When filing a personal injury claim, the company may be forced to change their practices.
- A personal injury lawsuit could prevent future accidents. A successful personal injury lawsuit has the potential to prevent a similar type of accident and protect others from being seriously injured or killed.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Help Secure Non-Economic Damages for Injured Clients
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an accident that was caused by another person’s negligence, you are urged to contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. Our skilled and dedicated legal team will work tirelessly to protect your rights and secure the full financial benefits you deserve. We will not stop fighting for you until justice has been served. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online. Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent car accident victims in Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Prince George’s County, Queen Anne’s County, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.