Emotional Pain and Suffering
Emotional pain and suffering is a non-economic damage. Non-economic damages are awarded by the court to compensate less-tangible injuries and conditions that have no intrinsic financial value.
Some states cap damages for non-economic damages such as emotional pain and suffering. However, Rhode Island does not limit non-economic damages in most motorcycle accident-related claims.
Motorcycle accidents can inflict disabling and potentially disfiguring injuries. Since disfigurement can impact a survivor’s life in a variety of ways—from loss of self-esteem to actual physical impairment—the court can award damages for injuries that visibly and irrevocably alter a victim’s sense of self.
Other Out-of-Pocket Expenses
- Moving expenses, if the victim becomes disabled and can no longer remain in their old home
- Living space modifications, such as handicap-accessible ramps and guardrails
- Medical services, including in-home care or placement in an assisted living facility
The Importance of Taking Fast, Decisive Action
Rhode Island does not cap or otherwise limit the damages available to most motorcycle accident victims. However, you must act fast to obtain compensation. Rhode Island, like most other states, has a strict statute of limitations applicable to most personal injury claims. If you wait too long to take action, the statute of limitations could lapse.
Once the statute of limitations expires, the court may dismiss your claim without further consideration, depriving you of your right to a legal recovery.
Have You Been Involved In A Rhode Island Motorcycle Accident?
If you've been hurt in a motorcycle accident you need to speak to an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Warwick office directly at 401.946.3200 to schedule your free consultation. We help accident victims in Providence, Warwick and all areas of Rhode Island.