When you’re involved in a motorcycle accident in Texas, it’s essential to understand how non-economic damages are calculated, as these can significantly impact the compensation you may be entitled to. Non-economic damages cover intangible losses such as pain and suffering, emotional or mental distress, and loss of enjoyment of life, which are pivotal aspects of your recovery. Texas law recognizes the importance of these damages, allowing victims to receive compensation that reflects the full extent of their emotional and mental injuries alongside their physical ones.

At the Law Office of Shane McClelland, PLLC, we specialize in guiding victims of motorcycle accidents through the detailed process of calculating and claiming non-economic damages. With an expert understanding of Texas personal injury law, our team is dedicated to securing the maximum compensation possible for our clients. By partnering with us, you benefit from a skilled legal team that will thoroughly evaluate all aspects of your case, accurately assess the value of your non-economic damages, and tirelessly advocate for your rights.

How Are Non-Economic Damages Calculated After a Motorcycle Accident? 

Non-economic damages in a motorcycle accident refer to compensation for losses that aren’t easily quantifiable, such as pain and suffering, emotional or mental distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of consortium. Calculating these damages often requires a more nuanced approach compared to economic damages because they don’t have inherent dollar values attached to receipts or bills. 

Factors like the severity and permanence of injuries, the impact on the victim’s daily life, and the mental or emotional repercussions of the accident all play critical roles. Typically, juries or insurance adjusters consider the intensity and duration of pain, psychological impact, and how the injuries have affected the victim’s relationships and lifestyle to determine a fair amount.

The process of calculating non-economic damages can vary significantly from one case to another. Often, legal teams employ methods like the multiplier method, where economic damages are multiplied by a number (usually between 1.5 and 5) based on the severity of the non-economic impacts. Alternatively, the per diem approach assigns a daily rate to the victim’s pain and suffering, which is then multiplied by the number of days the victim is expected to endure this suffering. These methods aim to produce a compensation figure that reflects the true extent of the victim’s suffering. 

How an Attorney Can Help You Get a Higher Settlement Offer

Experienced lawyers know how to effectively gather and present evidence that supports the severity of the client’s injuries and the associated non-economic damages. They are adept at constructing compelling cases that highlight the full extent of the physical, emotional, mental, and financial impacts on the victim. 

Furthermore, attorneys are skilled negotiators who can leverage this information against insurance companies, often persuading them to offer a more substantial settlement to avoid the unpredictability of a trial. This legal expertise is crucial, as insurers typically aim to minimize payouts, and having a knowledgeable advocate can significantly tilt the balance in favor of the injured party.

Moreover, an attorney can navigate the complex legal and procedural requirements involved in filing and settling a lawsuit, ensuring that all deadlines are met and paperwork is properly handled. This includes drafting detailed and persuasive demand letters, handling all communications with insurers, and advocating for the client in mediations or court if necessary. Legal representation is especially valuable in cases where fault is contested or the injuries are severe. 

Injured in a Motorcycle Accident? We Can Help Today

If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident and are unsure about the non-economic damages you might be entitled to, Attorney Shane McClelland is here to assist you. At the Law Office of Shane McClelland, PLLC, we are committed to helping you understand and pursue the full range of damages you deserve. From meticulously investigating your accident to adeptly managing negotiations with insurance companies, and representing you in court if necessary, we ensure every aspect of your case is handled with expert care.

To explore the potential non-economic damages you could recover after a motorcycle accident and to discuss the specifics of your situation, please call us at (713) 987-7107 or use our contact form to schedule your complimentary case review today.