It can be very frustrating to live through any situation that was caused by another person's negligence or irresponsible behavior. However, it can be difficult to answer a question like, “How much is emotional damages worth?” Emotional damages and emotional injuries are notoriously complex, which makes it very important to retain the services of an experienced and qualified lawyer who can walk you through the complicated legal process of recovering compensation.
Since your life has been turned upside down by the accident, you might even think it's hard to put a number on how that's affected you now and will continue to impact you into the future.
There is no simple answer that an attorney can give you because there are so many different things that influence it. However, the sooner you speak with a lawyer the better position you'll be in to understand the complex issues at play, and will be able to get the necessary details to understand the recovery of compensation.
Reach out to Morgan & Morgan today for a free, no-obligation case evaluation to get started.
Actual Costs vs. Emotional Damages
Many people who are hurt in personal injury accidents may have hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills. Personal injury laws in your state allow you to recover compensation for those bills when someone else's negligence is responsible for those injuries. However, in personal injury cases, it is often the case that the emotional pain and suffering that comes with a victim's injuries can have far-reaching impacts, too.
It is harder to calculate the total of emotional distress and emotional injuries an incident has caused because these are personal and subjective to the victim who has lived through it. It's important to look at typical compensation for emotional injuries and accidents to have a decent understanding of some of the baseline things that go into determining these amounts.
For example, when evaluating research between 2004 and 2010 for emotional injuries, the award median is $81,000. The award range, however, went from $1 to $188 million, so there's a great deal of variation in these different cases. The median award is approximately 12 times less than the average award of $1,072,000. These very large jury verdicts, however, do lift the average.