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What are noneconomic damages?

Personal injury claims are not all created equal, even when very similar injuries are suffered. The state in which the claim is filed can play an enormous part in how justice is sought, and dictate exactly what kinds of damages a person can seek when they have been injured. Connecticut is great state in many ways, among them being that the state allows for personal injury plaintiffs to seek pain and suffering damages, also known as noneconomic damages.

Noneconomic damages, generally speaking, is money awarded to a victim above and beyond income debts that con be specifically demonstrated to have been lost, incurred or prevented because of the injury. Noneconomic damages are not pursuable in all states, but thankfully Connecticut understands that being awarded money for pain and suffering is one small step that can be taken toward making a victim whole after an injury is suffered.

These damages can be defined in many ways when they are sought, from flexible categories "loss of ability to enjoy life's pleasures" and "permanent impairment or loss of function" to more specific and personal complaints like "Disfigurement" and "loss of consortium." Regardless of the specific type of noneconomic damages sought, the principle remains the same. The state of Connecticut allows these damages to be sought because it recognizes that injuries do not only influence employment or incur debt, they change quality of life. It is this loss of quality that noneconomic damages seek to make right.

If you have been injured and believe that you may qualify for a personal injury suit, it is wise to carefully evaluate your experience with the help of a professional who is familiar with the local legal system and applicable laws. The guidance of an experienced lawyer can ensure that you are well-prepared for the long road ahead of you as you pursue justice for your injuries.

Source: Findlaw, "Pain and Suffering Damages in Connecticut," accessed Dec. 20, 2016

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