What Compensation Can I Receive for My Personal Injury Claim?
After an accident, bills can pile up quickly. Medical expenses, job loss, and daily living costs all add up quickly for an injury victim after an accident. One of the most common questions asked after an accident is what compensation can be expected for a personal injury claim. Every case is unique, and the total award for injury victims is calculated by factoring in the out of pocket costs, intangible harms, and a number of other specifics particular to each case. At Mitch Grissim & Associates, our team of legal professionals is here to help explain what your personal injury claims might be worth after an accident and zealously advocate for your right to compensation. Call or contact the office today to schedule a free consultation.
Economic damages refer to the out of pocket costs incurred by the victim after an accident. Compensation for economic damages includes reimbursement for all medical bills, lost wages, property loss, and the loss of future income and benefits. Medical bills include the costs of hospitalization, surgeries, medication, treatments, rehabilitation, and transportation costs as well as the costs of any future care related to the accident.
Noneconomic damages compensate an accident victim for all other types of harm inflicted by the injuries caused in the accident. This can include pain and suffering, emotional distress, disability, disfigurement, and loss of enjoyment of life. Typically, noneconomic damages are calculated based on the extent of the economic damages incurred by the victim. However, Tennessee also has a cap on the total amount of damages that a person can receive in a personal injury case, with some exceptions.
For all personal injury accidents that take place after October 1, 2011, Tennessee law caps the total amount of compensation for an injury victim at $750,000. However, there are significant exceptions to the cap rule, and if an exception applies the cap is increased to $1,000,000. Exceptions to the damages cap for Tennessee personal injury claims include:
- All medical expenses
- Lost wages caused by the accident
- Accidents where the victim is rendered paraplegic or quadriplegic because of a spinal cord injury
- Accidents where the injury victim has extensive third degree burns
- Accidents where the injury victim’s hands or feet are amputated
- In cases of wrongful death where the victim is survived by a minor child to whom he had visitation rights or custody
- When the person responsible for the accident was drunk
An experienced Tennessee personal injury attorney will be able to review the specifics of your case to determine what the total possible compensation may be for your claims.
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If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident in the Nashville area, Mitch Grissim & Associates is here for you. Call the office or contact us today to schedule a free evaluation of your case with one of our Nashville personal injury attorneys now.