A lawsuit can only award a monetary amount, called damages. Damages are awarded based on many factors and may fall under economic or non-economic damages. Economic damages are those that are easily calculated as the cost of the injuries sustained.
Medical expenses, lost wages and vehicle repairs are common examples of economic damages. These amounts are automatically provided if you win your case, and should be the minimum amount offered in a settlement. Non-economic damages are the more ambiguous damages that cover items like pain and suffering or other terms that are impossible to truly calculate.
The court will determine the amount of non-economic damages on a case by case basis. There are sometimes caps on non-economic damages.
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