Generally, the damages available in personal injury actions can be broken down into two categories, pecuniary and nonpecuniary.

Pecuniary damages are those that can be measured monetarily. Reasonable expenses for past and future medical care, treatment, and services are compensable monetary damages. Another area of damages that can be measured monetarily is past and future lost wages. Past and future monetary damages may also include miscellaneous expenses for services required as a result of the injury, for example, caretaking, substitute transportation, and babysitting.

Nonpecuniary damages are those that cannot be measured monetarily. These include damages such as past and future pain and suffering, mental anguish, emotional distress, humiliation, embarrassment, disfigurement, and denial of social pleasure and enjoyment.

As you can see, if you are injured, it is important to consult an attorney to maximize your damages.

If you’ve been injured, call me. I can help you maximize your recovery for your injuries. And remember, we do not get paid unless you win!

Daniel W. Mabis is with the law firm of Matecun, Thomas & Olson, PLC in Howell. He answers readers’ questions on legal matters affecting individuals, their families and their businesses. Email questions to [email protected], or if your question is urgent, call (517) 548-7400. The information in this column is not intended as legal advice.

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