After being involved in an accident with a truck, you may be wondering what types of damages may be available to you. There are three main categories of damages available to those involved in a truck accident case: economic, non-economic, and punitive. We will provide an overview of these damages and discuss the specific types of damages that commonly arise from truck accidents.
Recovering Damages in a Louisiana Truck Accident Case
Economic damages refer to monetary losses incurred as a result of the accident. This includes any out-of-pocket costs associated with the accident, such as:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Property damage
In addition, if your loved one was killed in the accident due to another’s negligence or recklessness, you may be able to recover lost earnings that they would have earned had they survived, as well as funeral and burial costs.
Non-economic damages refer to intangible losses suffered from the accident, such as pain and suffering or mental anguish. Non-economic damages include things like:
- Physical pain caused by injuries sustained in the accident
- Emotional distress due to fear or trauma
- Loss of enjoyment of life because of physical limitations caused by the crash
- Loss of companionship because of another’s death caused by the crash.
These are all intangible losses that can still be evaluated for monetary value.
Punitive damages are not always available in a truck accident case but may be awarded when it is found that the defendant acted intentionally or with gross negligence when causing harm to another person. Punitive damages act as punishment for egregious conduct and are meant to deter similar conduct in the future by punishing those responsible for it now. Punitive damages can also serve as a message to other potential wrongdoers that their immoral behavior will not go unpunished.
Baton Rouge Truck Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been injured in a big truck crash in Louisiana, our experienced truck accident team at Chris Corzo Injury Attorneys will help you understand your rights and explore your options for seeking compensation.