What Is Loss of Enjoyment of Life in a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

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If you were injured in an accident and find yourself left with a disability, disfigurement, or other lasting health problems, that can affect your quality of life. In cases like these victims often sue for loss of enjoyment of life, damages that can compensate them for the decline in life quality they have experienced. A Memphis personal injury lawyer from our firm can help you fight for the compensation that you deserve.

What Qualifies as a Loss of Enjoyment?

A loss of enjoyment often refers to an accident victim’s inability to participate in the kinds of activities that they once loved. Some examples include:

  • Someone was an avid golfer, but their injuries prevent them from walking the course or swinging a club
  • Someone loved hiking before their accident, but they are no longer able to handle long hikes due to their injuries
  • Mental and psychological scarring has made it harder for someone to participate in hobbies they once enjoyed

You may not think that your hobbies or favorite sport are that important in the grand scheme of things, but they are! The loss of enjoyment of life that resulted from your accident is a big deal and needs to be addressed with compensation.

We would also note that the inability to work can also qualify as a loss of enjoyment of life. While your compensation should address your lost earning potential and wages, the psychological stress that comes with not being able to work should also be addressed. Many people get pride from their job and providing for their families. Your accident and injuries took that away from you.

What Kinds of Accident Cases Can Offer These Damages?

Our law firm has experience handling all types of accident cases. Suing for loss of enjoyment of life damages is common in many kinds of these cases, including:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Premises liability cases, like slip and fall accidents
  • Dog bites
  • Construction accidents
  • Medical malpractice

How Long Do I Have to Pursue Damages?

If you do plan to pursue loss of enjoyment of life damages, you need to act quickly. The state of Tennessee gives accident victims just one year to file a personal injury case.

You should also be aware of the cap that the state has put on such damages. When you sue for loss of enjoyment of life, this is considered a type of noneconomic damage. Noneconomic damages are capped at $750,000 per person in Tennessee.

See How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help You

So if you or a loved one have suffered injuries in an accident, do not delay. Contact Ballin, Ballin & Fishman, PC and learn more about how we can help you with your personal injury case and the pursuit of loss of enjoyment of life damages.