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The Difference Between Economic and Noneconomic Damages

Published on Nov 11, 2022 at 2:22 pm in Personal Injury.

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When you are injured because of another person’s negligent, reckless, or wrongful actions, you may be owed compensation for the harm you suffered. Any money you receive from a car accident, truck accident, premises liability, or other type of personal injury claim is intended to compensate you for your damages. 

There are three main types of damages for which you may receive compensation in a personal injury case: economic, noneconomic, and punitive damages. Punitive damages are only awarded in rare cases, so most injury victims only ever need to worry about economic and noneconomic damages. 

Why Would You Not Want to Quickly Settle Your Personal Injury Case?

Published on Jun 3, 2022 at 10:11 am in Personal Injury.

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Any time that someone is injured through no fault of their own, they face an uphill battle to recovery. While physical recovery certainly has its challenges—and some victims may never fully recover from their injuries—the financial side of an accident or injury can be just as devastating. 

Whether you were hurt in a car accident, slip and fall incident, or in a case of medical malpractice, you deserve financial compensation to make the best recovery possible. We know that the insurance company’s first offer is never what’s in your best interest—it’s in the interest of their own bottom line. 

How Long Does It Take to Get Settlement Money?

Published on Jan 21, 2022 at 1:24 pm in Personal Injury.

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You and your lawyer have worked together to reach a settlement after your car accident or other type of personal injury case. But after your personal injury case has been settled, you may be asking: How long does it take to get a settlement payment? The answer to how long it takes to get money after a case is settled will depend on several factors. While rough estimates usually put the amount of time to receive settlement money around four to six weeks after a case it settled, the amount of time leading up to settlement will also vary. There are multiple factors to consider when asking how long it takes to get a settlement check.

How Long Will Your Personal Injury Case Take?

Published on Aug 26, 2021 at 8:33 am in Personal Injury.

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After being injured by another negligent party, you might be interested in filing a legal claim to hold them responsible for the damage they’ve caused you. But if you’ve never done that before, you might be hesitant because you don’t know how to go about it or don’t know how long it will take.

How Will Your Lawyer Calculate Your Noneconomic Damages?

Published on Aug 6, 2021 at 8:28 am in Personal Injury.

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When you’ve been in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence and it caused you harm in the form of physical and emotional damages, then you could hold them accountable for those costs with the help of a personal injury lawyer. Their job will then be to prove the other party’s negligence in what happened and calculate exactly what you’re owed in damages.

There are two main types of damages that you can recover in a personal injury claim, and those are economic and noneconomic damages. Let’s take a look at the latter and how your attorney will calculate what you’re owed in those types of damages.

What Questions Will Your Personal Injury Lawyer Ask You?

Published on Jul 23, 2021 at 5:55 pm in Personal Injury.

What Questions Will Your Personal Injury Lawyer Ask You

When you’re preparing to see your personal injury lawyer, you might not know what to expect. You’re likely gathering all of the documentation you have so you have all the proof you need to show them what your case entails. While this is a great way to prepare for your meeting, you should also prep yourself to be asked some questions that could be upsetting, or that you might not immediately know the answer to.

While these questions could upset you, that’s not your lawyer’s intention. They just want to get to the bottom of what happened, so any question they ask, your full honesty is important. Let’s take a look at some of the questions your personal injury lawyer might ask you at your first meeting.

What Evidence Will Your Lawyer Use to Prove Pain and Suffering?

Published on Jun 28, 2021 at 3:20 pm in Personal Injury.

What Evidence Will Your Lawyer Use to Prove Pain and Suffering

After an accident, physical injuries sometimes aren’t the only kind of damages that you can suffer from. You also might suffer from emotional damages that are more abstract, but you still deserve to recover compensation for them. When you have a lawyer on your side, they’ll have to prove these damages and will use different kinds of evidence to do that.

At DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC, we’re here to ensure that you have the strongest case possible. We have experience building cases for clients and getting them the compensation that they deserve for all the damages they suffer. We’ll look into everything that happened so we can make sure you don’t settle for less than you’re owed.

How To Dispute an Insurance Claim

Published on Mar 4, 2021 at 3:01 pm in Personal Injury.

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Filing an insurance claim is meant to cover what you need from an event that left you injured or with property damage. For example, if you were in an auto wreck that wasn’t your fault, you’d file an insurance claim through your auto insurance provider. Ideally, they would fully compensate you for the damages you suffered and the costs you incurred from the accident.

Can You Sue After Suffering from an Allergic Reaction?

Published on Apr 23, 2020 at 11:45 am in Personal Injury.


When you have an allergy you know about, you don’t want to avoid the world for what might happen if you come in contact with it. Sometimes, people unknowingly expose you to your allergy and give you an allergic reaction. Even worse, if you didn’t know you were allergic to the substance, and this is your first reaction, it could get dangerous very quickly if your allergy is severe.

Whether you have an allergic reaction from food, medication, or another product, like cosmetics, you might be able to file a claim against the party responsible for giving you the reaction. A Charleston personal injury lawyer from DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC can help you through the process of filing a case against the person or entity who caused your allergic reaction.

When Can a Broken Bone Be a More Serious Injury?

Published on Jan 16, 2020 at 1:10 pm in Personal Injury.

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Most of us have broken a bone at some point in our lives. Some have broken or fractured more bones than others, but for the most part, it’s a common experience. Since it’s such a typical occurrence, we might not always take a broken bone as seriously as we should.

When you experience a high-impact break, many things can go wrong that make the break a more serious injury. While millions of people break a bone every year, around 300 of those cases are compound fractures, according to an article published on the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).

A compound fracture, also known as an open fracture, is when the skin is punctured by the bone, exposing the wound to the outside air. This is when a broken bone becomes the most dangerous because there are risks for many complications. Whether you were injured in a car crash, while playing a sport, or in a slip and fall accident, you could use a lawyer for your case. Before we discuss legal action, let’s take a look at when a broken bone can be a more serious injury.

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