There are many categories of compensable losses or damages in a personal injury case. Once you have established that the defendant caused you damages, Nevada law permits you to recover for any and all losses caused by his or her wrongful conduct. Damages in a personal injury case typically fall under two umbrella categories, special damages and general damages. Special damages compensate the plaintiff for quantifiable monetary losses. Examples of special damages include property repair/loss, medical expenses, future medical costs, lost wages and loss of future earning capacity. Any loss you can produce a receipt, invoice or specific calculation for constitutes a special damage. General damages, conversely, are non-economic damages. Examples of general damages are loss of enjoyment of life (“hedonic damages”), pain and suffering, disfigurement, loss of reputation, loss or impairment of mental or physical capacity,mental anguish and loss of consortium damages.General damages are highly variable as they are determined by the individual traits and lifestyle of the injured plaintiff. They can therefore substantially vary from one case to the next.
As you can see, much analysis will go into the valuation of a personal injury claim. Every plaintiff is different which means every claim is valued differently. You need to hire a law firm with experience litigating the various categories of potential personal injury damages; a firm that will take the time to ensure you are fully compensated for all of your losses. Having spent decades representing insurance companies, the personal injury lawyers at The Hayes Law Firm are uniquely positioned to maximize the value of your claim.