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How to Calculate Damages in a Personal Injury Claim

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One moment you’re driving down the road running errands, and in the next moment, another car crashes into you. Accidents of all kinds can happen in the blink of an eye, and when they do the effects can be devastating. In addition to the physical and emotional toll of a serious crash, the economic costs can add up fast. If you’ve been in an accident caused by another’s negligence, it’s important to know that you may have recourse through a personal injury claim.

How do you calculate damages in a personal injury claim? There’s no specific formula, because every case is different. However, there are some common factors to consider when trying to value what your damages might be worth. The skilled Las Vegas personal injury attorneys at Paul Padda Law have years of experience handling personal injury claims. They can help you understand the claims process and your possible outcome. Call us today at (702) 366-1888, or reach out online to schedule a free, initial case evaluation.

Factors in Calculating a Nevada Personal Injury Claim

In general, personal injury damages are often based upon the severity of injuries and how the accident affects a person’s quality of life. The worse the injuries, the higher the compensation you might expect to receive. Damages in a personal injury case are divided into economic and non-economic categories, and you may be entitled to both depending upon the specific details of your accident.

Economic damages are monetary losses you’ve suffered because of the accident. They include quantifiable things like how much you’ve had to spend on medical treatment because of the accident, and how much money you’ve lost by not working while you recovered from your injuries. It’s important to add here that if you were paid through your employer’s sick time or other employee benefit program for your lost days at work, you should still consider those as “lost wages” while calculating your claim. If the person or entity who caused the accident had not been negligent, your injury wouldn’t have happened, and you wouldn’t have had to use up those sick days. Economic damages that might be considered in your claim include:

  • Medical expenses, including surgery and therapy
  • Lost wages and future lost earnings
  • Property damage

Non-economic damages are those that are harder to put a specific price on. Pain and suffering, scarring and disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life, and emotional distress are all examples of non-economic damages. These are usually much harder to calculate than economic damages.

Punitive Damages

In addition to your compensatory damages, which are the economic and non-economic losses you’ve experienced, you might also be permitted to seek punitive damages. These are additional damages intended to punish parties who were grossly negligent or who showed intentionally negligent behavior. It’s more difficult to obtained punitive damages, but if you feel the behavior of the party who negligently caused your injuries was especially egregious, they may be warranted.

You can see that it isn’t simple to calculate damages in a personal injury claim. Having the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney who can work with you to review the specific circumstances of your case is helpful.

Contact a Las Vegas Personal Injury Lawyer for Help

When you’ve been injured in an accident and you’re focused on recovering, you have much more on your mind than how you’re going to pay the bills you’ve been left with. Our experienced personal injury lawyers at Paul Padda Law can help relieve the stress you may be feeling. Contact us today at (702) 366-1888 to schedule a free consultation of your case.


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Paul Padda, a former federal prosecutor, is the founder of Paul Padda Law: a law firm based in Las Vegas Nevada representing plaintiffs throughout the nation in personal injury and other civil cases. With over 15 years experience litigating in federal and state court, Paul has a proven track record of success, including obtaining one of the largest jury verdicts in Nevada history. A first generation American, Paul is dedicated and committed to helping his clients navigate the legal system and take on large and powerful interests. A lawyer who truly cares, Paul provides individualized and compassionate attention to each and every one of his clients.

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