Posted on Thursday, September 28th, 2023 at 5:31 am    

At Tiemann Law Firm, we assist those who have suffered personal injury by helping them understand their rights and determine the best course of action to successfully attain the damages they are entitled to. An area that may confuse our clients is the damages they can claim. California is one of the few states that has not put a cap or limit on the amount of damages a victim can be awarded for “pain and suffering.” These are considered “non-economic” damages. Below is an explanation of economic and non-economic damages to help clarify this issue.

Economic Damages

This is the easier type of compensation to understand and calculate. Economic damages cover monetary losses and expenses that are concrete and can be definitively calculated. These include money for:

  • Medical expenses you have already incurred.
  • Future medical expenses can be anticipated based on the injuries you sustained and the treatment plan your doctor has prescribed.
  • Lost income (if your injuries have caused you to be out of work).
  • Loss of future earning capacity (this considers your current and future earnings if your accident will impact your ability to work in the future for a period of time or permanently).
  • Property damage.

Non-Economic Damages

These types of damages are more complex. They are related to trauma, mental anguish, and the changes in your life due to your accident injuries. Some categories of non-economic damage include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of companionship
  • Disability

As you can see, these are not items with a bill attached or a dollar figure that is easy to calculate. 

An Important Caveat

It’s important to note that there is one exception to who can pursue compensation for non-economic damages. Any person who does not have current and active car insurance at the time of an accident is ineligible to claim or collect non-economic damages from a car accident, regardless of who is at fault.

Our attorneys have a great deal of experience calculating damages in personal injuries and can help you determine the type of damages and the amount of compensation you can pursue.

Economic and Non-Economic Damages

Have you or a loved one been hurt in an accident? If so, Tiemann Law Firm can help. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free, same-day consultation by calling (916) 999-9000 or toll-free: (800) 712-2000.

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I highly recommend The Tiemann Law Firm! I had never before been in a situation where I sustained injury and had to seek legal representation. I was nervous, traumatized, and had no idea what to expect. Jelena, Peter, and their staff walked me through each step of the process. They explained everything in detail. They patiently answered all my questions, responded quickly to every email, text message, phone call, etc. I felt totally prepared for each new phase of the legal process. Furthermore, they were fearless in their defense of me. In certain situations, when I felt attacked or scared my attorney protected me like I was family. Their diligence, honesty, integrity, and compassion provided a true sense of healing and closure for my family and I. The Tiemann Law Firm accomplished more for me than I ever thought possible and I am forever grateful.

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No one wants to have to hire a lawyer, but if you do. I prefer Tiemann Law. They helped a family member who was injured on the job, and the company did not want to compensate him even though, the injury occurred on the job on company time. Jelena was always professional in explaining the lengthy process of fighting a large corporation. 2 years later he finally is receiving the deserved compensation.

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From the very start of my case the Tiemann Law Firm was wonderful. Perter came all the way to my home to sit down and talk to me about my options. He made me and my partner feel very comfortable and promised us he would take the very best care of my case. Peter kept me informed every step of the way and was always on top of things. everything was done in a timely manor and I always felt like I was the only case he was working on because he was so fast. In the end Peter got me back way more money than I ever expected. I would recommend this law firm to everyone. I am very happy with the outcome of my case thanks to the Tiemann Law Firm! Thank you!

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I was in a car accident a while back where I was injured and had to miss work for an extended period of time.  After nearly a year of fighting with the insurance company with no results and no progress, I met with Jelena Tiemann.  I couldn't have asked for a more responsive and supportive advocate.  We quickly reached a settlement and I finally was able to move from the stress and burden of feuding with my insurance.  I highly recommending meeting with Jelena if you're in need of a lawyer.