What Compensation Can Be Recovered from My Motorcycle Accident?

Damages from personal injury claims include both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages compensate you for the financial costs of a motorcycle accident. Non-economic damages compensate you for the other effects of the collision that do not have a financial cost.

Economic Damages

Economic damages come with a price tag and include costs such as:

  • Past and Future Medical Expenses Your damages include your past and future bills for medical treatment, physical therapy, psychological counseling, and medication. Future bills might require an expert opinion from your doctor about your prognosis.
  • Past and Future Lost Income Economic damages may include income that you cannot earn because of your injuries. This not only includes missed work, but it also includes pay reductions if you have to work for shorter hours or on light duty while you recover. Damages also take your lost earning capacity into account. Suppose that someone suffers from a permanent disability and cannot return to their old job. They can receive compensation for the difference in pay between their old job and their new job.

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages calculate the non-financial impact of your injuries on your quality of life. Some examples of non-economic damages include:

  • Pain and Suffering The pain and suffering caused by your injuries can have many physical and mental effects, such as:
    • Discomfort
    • Insomnia
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

    You can prove that your injuries caused pain and suffering by showing your medical records of treatment for pain or psychological counseling.

  • Inconvenience Being injured can cause many inconveniences. You may need someone else to drive you to doctor appointments. You may have missed family events due to your hospitalization. You might need to arrange for the installation of ramps and grab bars in your home. The time that you spend making these arrangements has value when it comes to non-economic damages.
  • Loss of Activities You might have lost the ability to perform essential activities or hobbies. It does not matter whether your limitations are physical or mental for the purposes of a damages calculation. For example, if you cannot ride a motorcycle again because of severe fear and anxiety, the loss of that activity counts for non-economic damages. Similarly, if your back injury from an accident prevented you from playing with your children, that could be compensated.