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Your initial involvement in a personal injury accident may be devastating. But in the weeks, months, years, or even lifetime following your accident, you may still be suffering its consequences. This is why you must do everything in your power to recover your damages while you are still afforded this opportunity. Follow along to find out how to recover damages after an accident and how a proficient Washington, D.C. injury lawyer at Simeone & Miller, LLP can help you in these efforts.

What are the different types of damages?

Essentially, there are two types of damages that a victim of a personal injury accident may take on: economic damages and non-economic damages. As the names suggest, economic damages refer to your objective, monetary losses while non-economic damages are considered your subjective, non-monetary losses. Examples of both types include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Economic damages:
    • Your current lost wages and your future lost earning capacity.
    • Your current and future medical expenses.
    • Your property repair bills.
    • Your home reconstruction bills (i.e., necessary handicap-accessible structures).
    • Your domestic service bills (i.e., necessary cleaning, grocery shopping, and transportation services).
  • Non-economic damages:
    • Your physical pain and suffering.
    • Your mental anguish.
    • Your emotional distress.
    • Your inconvenience with body disfigurement.
    • Your depreciated quality of life.

Worth mentioning, you may be eligible to seek financial compensation for both economic damages and non-economic damages in your personal injury claim. And there is no limit set forth for the value of economic damages and non-economic damages you may claim in Washington, D.C.

How do I recover my damages after my personal injury accident?

As the plaintiff of a personal injury claim, you carry the burden of proof. Meaning, your word may be unable to stand on its own. Instead, you may need to submit a sufficient amount of evidence that ties your damages directly to the defendant’s negligence. Examples of evidence you may need to successfully recover your damages include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Your past pay stubs exhibiting the wages you have and will continue to miss out on.
  • Your medical bills exhibiting the expenses you have and will continue to incur.
  • Your repair bills exhibiting the expenses you have incurred for your damaged property.
  • Photos of your property damages exhibiting your lost use for it.
  • A written statement from your physician describing how your injuries have made your health significantly decline.
  • A written statement from your loved one describing how your damages have made your quality of life significantly diminish.

The bottom line is that, if you are suffering from injuries and damages after your accident, then you need a talented Washington, D.C. injury lawyer in your corner. Call or send a message to Simeone & Miller, LLP today. We look forward to hearing from you.