Exploring Damages in a Personal Injury Claim in New York

Exploring Damages in a Personal Injury Claim in New York

By Steven Miller
Senior Partner

Sustaining a personal injury can be a devastating experience, often resulting in physical, emotional, and financial hardships. If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence or wrongful actions in the state of New York, you may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury claim. Understanding the various types of damages available to you is essential in pursuing a fair and just resolution. In this blog post, we will explore the different types of damages you can seek in a personal injury claim in New York.

Economic Damages:

Economic damages, also known as special damages, aim to compensate the victim for measurable financial losses resulting from the injury. These damages typically include:

a) Medical Expenses: This category encompasses past and future medical bills, hospital stays, surgeries, medication costs, physical therapy, rehabilitation, and any other necessary medical treatments related to your injury.

b) Lost Wages: If your injury prevents you from working or results in a loss of income, you may seek compensation for past and future lost wages. This includes any missed workdays, reduced earning capacity, or even the loss of future employment opportunities.

c) Property Damage: If your personal property, such as a vehicle or belongings, was damaged in the incident that caused your injury, you can seek reimbursement for repair or replacement costs.

Non-Economic Damages:

Non-economic damages, also referred to as general damages, are intended to compensate for intangible losses that are more difficult to quantify. These may include:

a) Pain and Suffering: This category covers physical pain, emotional distress, mental anguish, and the overall negative impact the injury has had on your quality of life.

b) Emotional Distress: If the injury has resulted in psychological trauma, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or any other emotional suffering, you may be eligible for compensation.

c) Loss of Consortium: If the injury has affected your relationship with your spouse, causing a loss of companionship, support, or intimacy, you may seek damages for loss of consortium.

Punitive Damages:

In exceptional cases where the defendant’s actions are deemed to be particularly reckless, malicious, or intentional, punitive damages may be awarded. Unlike economic and non-economic damages, which aim to compensate the victim, punitive damages are intended to punish the defendant and deter similar behavior in the future.

Wrongful Death Damages:

In cases where a personal injury results in the death of the victim, the surviving family members may be entitled to seek damages for their losses. Wrongful death damages may include funeral and burial expenses, loss of financial support, loss of companionship, and other related damages.

When pursuing a personal injury claim in New York, it is crucial to understand the various types of damages available to you. By comprehensively evaluating your economic and non-economic losses, you can seek fair compensation for the physical, emotional, and financial impact of your injury. Consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney is highly recommended to navigate the complex legal process and maximize your chances of obtaining the compensation you deserve. Remember, each case is unique, and the damages awarded will depend on the specific circumstances surrounding your injury.

About the Author
Steven Miller, Esq. is the founding member and Senior Partner in Miller, Montiel & Strano, P.C. Mr. Miller’s extensive career as a trial attorney spans five decades. He tries cases for the catastrophically injured victims of construction site accidents, motor vehicle and premises accidents caused by the negligence of others. Mr. Miller is a detail oriented, tenacious attorney committed to achieving the maximum results for his clients; he has obtained numerous seven figure verdicts and settlements.