motorcycle crash or
slip and fall, it’s important to prove who was liable for your accident; meaning,
who made the mistake or was negligent? It may be obvious to you, but many
times, an investigation needs to be launched to figure out who is responsible
for your injuries. Once a party is found liable for your accident and
injuries, your next concern should be figuring out what compensation you’re
entitled to: medical bills, loss of wages and pain and suffering.
Through a personal injury claim, you may seek to be reimbursed for the
costs of repairing your damaged vehicle, past and future medical bills
associated with the injury, and lost income due to being off work to recover
from your injuries. All of these damages have objective costs, which is
why they are called economic damages.
On the other hand, you can also seek damages for pain and suffering, known
as noneconomic losses or noneconomic damages. By law, noneconomic damages
in Alaska include:
- Pain and suffering
- Physical impairment
- Disfigurement or amputation
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
Statues of Limitations and Damage Limits
In Alaska, you have two years to file a personal injury claim and a wrong
death claim. You have three years to file a medical malpractice claim.
However, you may get more time thanks to Alaska’s discovery rule,
which states that the statute of limitations starts when you discover,
or should have discovered, your injury; this is mostly the case with medical
When it comes to
noneconomic damages, personal injury actions cap damages at $400,000, and $1,000,000 for severe
disfigurement or impairment. In medical malpractice cases, the caps are
$250,000 or $400,000 for severe impairment.
There are no limits on economic damages.
Denali Law Group, our
Wasilla personal injury lawyers have more than 75 years of combined experience protecting your rights
and getting you the compensation you deserve.
Call (907) 357-5297 or contact us online