What Damages are Recoverable in an Auto Accident in New Jersey?

  • If you’re injured in an automobile accident in New Jersey, there are certain types of damages you have the right to recover
  • There are two categories.  The first category is the fairly simple one and it’s called economic loss, or out-of-pocket expenses.  That will include your property damage, your wage loss, and any unpaid medical bills, assuming the accident wasn’t your fault
  • The more complicated damages that you have a right to recover are what are called non-economic damages – aka ‘pain and suffering’
  • If the accident was not your fault, you have the right to recover for your pain and suffering
  • This also means how your quality of life was affected as a result of the accident.  How your day-to-day life changed, and will change in the future, as a result of the accident
  • Economic loss is really an objective loss, an out-of-pocket loss and a non-economic loss, which is a little bit more difficult to determine
  • It’s very difficult to put a value on pain and it’s difficult to put a value on your quality of life
  • It is important to consult with an attorney if you have issues or questions about your rights and what damages you can recover