If you were hit by a car while riding your bike, you likely have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver. While the caps on damages in personal injury cases vary from state to state, you can typically pursue compensation for all economic and non-economic losses. You may also be able to seek punitive damages based on the details of the incident.
These damages are meant to reimburse you for the financial losses you have incurred. It is not enough to calculate the monetary impact of your bicycle accident up until now. You must also consider all of the ways that your injuries may continue to drain your bank account. In general, economic damages include things such as:
- Medical bills
- Cost of future medical care
- Lost income
- Loss of future earnings
- Property loss
Calculating economic damages is relatively straightforward. However, the same can’t be said of non-economic damages. These damages are less tangible and may be worth more.
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment
- Loss of consortium or companionship
In order to punish a defendant for grossly negligent conduct, courts sometimes award punitive damages. These damages are not like the others in that they are not meant to make you whole. Instead, they serve as a deterrent for this sort of behavior.
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Punitive damages are rare. However, they can significantly boost the value of a personal injury case when they are justified.
Contact our Bicycle Accident Attorneys Today
Don’t rely on a damage calculator or mathematical formula. Contact our attorneys for a complete financial and legal analysis of your case.
Call 303-237-7373 today to schedule a free initial consultation. The Frickey Law Firm serves clients from Denver, Lakewood, Boulder, and nearby areas of Colorado.