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Non-economic damages, also known as pain and suffering damages, are those damages that cannot be quantified, as they refer to more abstract losses. Non-economic damages include the loss of enjoyment of life, all types of mental anguish and emotional distress, and loss of consortium. Considering the fact that mathematical calculations cannot accurately evaluate these losses, it is strongly recommended to seek legal help, because a good lawyer can help you obtain a fair compensation.
Non-economic damages refer to compensation for subjective, non-monetary losses, which cannot be quantified in a dollar amount. They are less concrete than economic damages and will be submitted to a jury's evaluation. Examples of non-economic damages include:
Non-economic damages are sometimes capped under state law. Florida imposes a damage cap for non-economic damages only in medical malpractice lawsuits. The cap for medical malpractice lawsuits targeting doctors and other health care professionals is $500,000. For those not considered practitioners, the cap is $750,000. This means, that if you are a victim of medical malpractice in Miami, you can recover compensation for non-economic damages. In car accident cases, non-economic damages are not capped, but there is a threshold for recovering pain and suffering damages: a doctor has to say that you have a permanent injury.