What Are Non-Economic Damages in Michigan?

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Being injured in an accident can upset the basic pattern of your everyday life. You may have very serious injuries as a result of your accident, and you may be suffering from mental anxiety due to this stressful ordeal. On top of your pain and mental anguish, you may also have medical bills piling up. How are they going to get paid?

If you didn’t cause your accident, you may wonder how you can receive compensation to pay for your injuries and losses. Here’s how: You can file a personal injury claim to recover compensation, which might consist of economic damages and non-economic damages.

If you’re wondering what non-economic damages are, you’re not alone. Read on for more information on how Michigan approaches these damages.

Economic vs. Non-Economic Damages

If you’ve never filed a personal injury claim before, it’s very likely that you don’t know the difference between economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are those that involve a monetary loss as a result of your accident (e.g., when your car was totaled in a wreck or an accident that led to an expensive hospital stay).

Non-economic damages are those that involve a loss that doesn’t have a monetary cost associated with it. Often, courts still believe that certain kinds of non-economic suffering should be monetarily compensated. For example, you can request in your Michigan injury claim compensation for emotional trauma you suffered.

Below are examples of economic damages and non-economic damages in Michigan.


  • The loss of or damage to your personal property
  • Medical bills and related expenses
  • Lost wages and future lost income
  • Costs associated with transportation to and from doctor appointments


Speak with a Michigan Injury Attorney

As you pursue compensation for your injuries, you’re likely going to hear the term “non-economic damages.” Now, you know what that means and how these damages can help make sure you’re fully compensated for every hardship you’ve faced because of your accident.

No matter what kind of accident you were involved in, if you’ve been injured due to another party’s negligence, call a Michigan personal injury lawyer with Christensen Law. We offer a free consultation when you complete our contact form below or call us at 248-900-9000.