Damages You Can Pursue In Personal Injury Cases


People who suffer injury based on someone else’s negligent act or omission understand that the law entitles them to recover damages. Washington laws govern what types of damages you can recover, and Seattle personal injury lawyers can help establish the extent of damages and prove another party’s negligence or liability in a lawsuit.

Take the example of negligent highway design in Washington State. A law firm can investigate to determine the highway defect that resulted in a car crash, and potentially bring a case against the government entity and contractors responsible for the flawed design.

Part of bringing a case also involves listing damages that the plaintiff incurred as a result of the accident.  Under the Washington Revised Code RCW 4.56.250, plaintiffs can sue for economic damages, including the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of earnings
  • Loss of use of property
  • Replacement or repair costs
  • Costs of obtaining substitute domestic services
  • Loss of employment
  • Loss of business or employment opportunities

Non-economic damages, which are subjective, also apply to personal injury cases and include:

  • Pain
  • Suffering
  • Inconvenience
  • Mental anguish
  • Disability
  • Disfigurement
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of society and companionship
  • Loss of consortium
  • Destruction of the parent-child relationship
  • Injury to reputation and humiliation

Punitive damages are not an option under Washington laws.

Posted in Litigation, Personal Injury

Tagged Accident lawsuits, injury damages, medical expenses