Your Economic & Noneconomic Damages
In Maryland, you can recover both economic and noneconomic damages in your car accident claim.
Economic damages include huge medical expenses, which may include:
- Emergency transportation and treatments
- Surgeries and aftercare
- Doctor, surgeon, specialist, and therapist appointments and care
- Prescription medications
- Follow-up care
- Adaptive medical devices
Economic damages also include your lost wages and any decreased earning potential that you experience because of the accident. These damages are easy to quantify because each has a verifiable monetary value.
Noneconomic damages, on the other hand, relate to non-tangible losses that don’t come with a price tag. The staggering trauma associated with a car accident that an impaired driver caused can lead to inestimable emotional pain and suffering—along with the attendant physical pain and suffering.
Recovering from a car accident that another driver’s negligence caused often carries a significant, hard to overcome emotional component.
While no equation will provide a calculation of your pain and suffering, you can demonstrate their severity through:
- Your doctor’s expert opinion related to the physical pain you suffered in the aftermath of the accident
- Your history of prescribed pain medications in the aftermath of the accident (relative to before the accident)
- A record of any psychological treatments or care that you received for mental or emotional distress in the aftermath of the accident
- The written opinions of medical experts (other than your doctor) and research studies related to accident trauma
- Your own account of the pain and anguish that you suffered because of the accident
In Maryland, you can recover from the pain and suffering a traumatizing car accident caused you to endure. While no amount of money can return you to your pre-accident self, adequate compensation can better allow you to move forward in the journey toward recovering.