Personal injury damages generally fall into two categories – economic and non-economic. Economic damages are financial costs you experience such as present and future medical expenses (surgery, hospital stay, doctor visits, X-rays, medications, medical supplies, etc.) and lost income due to time you missed from work after the accident, or if you became disabled and cannot work at the same level, or at all, due to disability. Non-economic damages are meant to compensate you for harm you experienced such as physical pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of quality of life, loss of spousal relations, etc.
Mississippi also allows juries to award punitive damages in some cases. Punitive damage awards are meant to punish a grossly negligent defendant who causes injury through a willful, wanton, or reckless disregard for safety. Although you must meet a higher standard to prove punitive damages, Derek L. Hall, PC, will pursue punitive damages in all applicable cases.