Understanding non-economic damages after a crash

If you suffered significant injuries in a motor vehicle accident, you know there can be lingering after effects. Even worse, these effects are not limited to economic damage. Most victims continue to suffer physical pain and psychological distress in the wake of an accident.

After an auto accident, those involved typically file an insurance claim to cover their financial losses. However, when motor vehicle accidents occur through someone else’s negligence, a victim can seek pain and suffering damages.

Is pain and suffering a possibility in New Hampshire?

Yes, and the laws regarding such damages differ in our state from those in many others. For example, New Hampshire does not cap or limit the amount of non-economic damages (pain and suffering) you may pursue. However, if you played a part in causing the crash, a court may reduce the amount of compensation you receive.

How do courts determine the value of pain and suffering damages?

When determining economic damages, courts rely on hard evidence like medical bills and pay stubs. However, non-economic harm is not so easy to determine. After all, it is difficult to put a dollar value on the mental anguish many victims experience after motor vehicle accidents.

Considerations of how much your pain and suffering may be worth include how your injury:

  • Alters or limits your daily life and abilities
  • Affects your work and personal relationships
  • Impacts your sleep and additional lifestyle factors
  • Will impact your life on a long-term basis

Now that you understand pain and suffering laws, it is time to learn more about your compensation options after crash caused by an at-fault driver. The attorneys at Solomon Law Firm can provide details specific to your unique circumstances.