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Types of Damages in a Personal Injury Case

Personal injuries can be sustained in a number of ways, including car accidents, malpractice and slip and fall accidents. If you successfully sue someone for personal injury, you’re entitled to collect financial compensation, aka damages, from the at-fault party. In Nevada, the statute of limitations – or time you have to file a personal injury complaint – is two years.

The Purpose of Personal Injury Damages

Damages received in a personal injury case are intended to make you “whole” again after an injury. It can be difficult to put a dollar figure on certain injuries, particularly non-tangible ones, but the goal is to return you to the position you would have been in if the injury had not occurred.

What Damages Can I Recover?

In Nevada, damages are generally divided into two main groups:

  • Tangible damages, also known as special or economic damages, are made up of things like lost wages and/or medical expenses.
  • General damages are less tangible – such as pain and suffering.

There are situations in which you can ask for punitive damages, which serve to punish and make an example of the defendant. They are available in very limited situations.

Personal injury damages you might receive, depending on your particular case, include:

  • Compensation for medical bills that arose from injuries you suffered due to the defendant’s actions. This could include items like hospital stays and physical therapy. If your insurance provider has been paying your medical bills prior to a settlement or personal injury award, you must reimburse them for those payments.
  • Lost wages may be recovered in a personal injury case, including payment for any work you were required to miss due to the injury itself or your treatment. In cases where the injured party has been made permanently disabled for work, lost wages can include what could have been made over the course of a lifetime.
  • Pain and suffering is a type of emotional damage. If you suffered from trauma or emotional stress due to a serious personal injury, financial compensation may be provided. Emotional trauma can cause physical symptoms, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression which, in turn, can cause chronic pain, migraines, weight loss, etc.

Additional damages can be awarded for wrongful death and loss of companionship or consortium.


Nevada Damages Cap

In the state of Nevada, personal injury cases that arise from medical malpractice are governed by what’s known as a financial cap. This limits the amount of non-economic or intangible damages you can recover to a current maximum of $350,000.

Since Nevada’s personal injury case rules can be complicated, it’s best to seek out a professional and knowledgeable law firm that can guide you through a potential personal injury claim. If you believe you have suffered a personal injury loss and are entitled to compensation, contact Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez Accident Injury Attorneys today at 702-388-4476 for a free personal injury consultation. We look forward to discussing the details with you.