Q: Is there a cap to how much I can receive in damages for injury I sustained in a Maryland truck accident?
Yes. And no.
Confused? That’s because Maryland state law differentiates between two types of damages that are allowed in any personal injury case.
When you’ve been the victim of a serious Maryland truck crash that someone else caused, you have every right to sue that person for the maximum amount allowed both for your medical bills and for the pain and suffering you endured as a result of their negligence.
There is no cap on the amount of compensation you can demand from the responsible party for what is known as your “economic damages.” This refers specifically to any easily measurable damage such as:
- Monetary damage to your car
- Cost of a hospital stay
- Doctor visits or consultations
- Cost of any required surgery or medication
- Cost of physical therapy
- Loss of wages
- Any other measurable financial loss
There is, however, a cap on the amount of compensation you can receive for non-economic damages. This refers to the more subjective damages that do not have a fixed monetary number. For example, the monetary worth of your pain and suffering is considered a subjective type of compensation as is the emotional pain suffered by family members in a wrongful death case where the person dies from his or her injuries.
The cap on these non-economic damages changes each year, so it’s to your benefit to speak with an experienced Maryland truck crash lawyer who knows the current law and can help you get the maximum allowed. To set up an appointment for a free consultation, call Nickelsporn & Lundin at 800-875-9700 today.