Can I Get Noneconomic Damages in Louisiana?

When people file injury claims in Louisiana, they have the option of claiming noneconomic damages. Noneconomic damages, also called “general damages,” are compensation for pain and suffering, mental anguish, and other losses that can’t be measured in pure financial terms. Getting noneconomic damages is a way of acknowledging that you’ve lost something irreplaceable in your accident that deserves compensation.

You can claim noneconomic damages in injury claims involving:

Louisiana is actually uniquely generous to plaintiffs when it comes to injury law (with the notable exception of medical malpractice cases). For instance, our state is one of the only states that allows an illegal drug user to sue the person who provided them with the illegal drugs if they’re injured while using. Winning noneconomic damages provides plaintiffs with the financial security they need to restore their future and their lives.

Noneconomic damages include:

  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Mental and emotional anguish
  • Physical impairment
  • Loss of enjoyment
  • Disfigurement and scarring
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of consortium

Additionally, Louisiana grants damages to plaintiffs under pure comparative negligence, which means even if you were partially at fault for your injuries, you’re able to claim whatever portion of the damages you are entitled to. For instance, if you’re 80% at fault, you’re still able to claim 20% of the accident’s total damages.

You Must Act Fast to Claim Any Damages

While Louisiana plaintiffs have ample opportunity to claim what they need after an accident, they need to act fast: our state only allows plaintiffs one year to file a lawsuit. In legal terms, that’s not a lot of time. If you’re planning on claiming any damages at all, much less noneconomic damages, you need to speak with an attorney as soon as possible.

Attorney Tony Clayton has won hundreds of millions in results for our clients, including a $117 million verdict—the largest single-injury verdict in Louisiana history. Speak with Tony Clayton today to learn your legal options and get help with your case.