Damages Available in a Kentucky Personal Injury Case

When you have suffered personal injuries because of another person’s negligence or misconduct, you will likely suffer financial consequences as a result of the damages associated with your injuries. The law allows you to claim financial compensation for your damages. The process for recovering compensation for your damages can be complex, but an experienced personal injury attorney can help you resolve your personal injury claim whether by a negotiated settlement or a favorable verdict. 

In Kentucky, personal injury victims may be entitled to several types of damages. Fortunately, there is no limit on the amount of damages you can be awarded for your personal injuries in Kentucky.

Types of Personal Injury Damages

Personal injury damages generally fall into three types: economic, noneconomic, and punitive.

Economic Damages

Economic damages are tangible, quantifiable damages. These include:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Past and future lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Property damage
  • Loss of use of property
  • Funeral expenses (in case of a wrongful death)

Noneconomic Damages

Noneconomic damages on the other hand are intangible damages that are not so easily quantifiable. They require expert evidence by an economist to ascertain their value. These include:

  • Past and future pain and suffering

Punitive Damages

Unlike economic and noneconomic damages, which are compensatory in nature, punitive damages are awarded to punish the conduct that led to the victim’s injury. Punitive damages are only awarded where the responsible party’s conduct was grossly negligent.

To receive an award for damages, your claim must provide sufficient evidence on the damages that you are claiming including the value of the damages, and that the defendant’s conduct was the proximate cause of your injuries. This is why it is important to work with an experienced personal injury attorney to ensure that your claim is complete and supported by evidence that meets the legal standard.

At Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, PSC., our Louisville personal injury attorneys have extensive experience ascertaining and valuing damages to ensure that you get full and fair compensation for your personal injuries.

Free Consultations From Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway PSC

If you are in Kentucky and have suffered personal injuries as a result of another person’s wrongdoing and you want information about the damages you may be entitled to, call Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, PSC. today at (502) 369-0616 today or contact us online for your free case evaluation.