Determine the past and future losses

Economic damages may be relevant for two time periods: from date of the incident to the present, and from the present into the future. These are referred to as past losses and future losses.

To calculate the past and future losses, the earnings and benefits are determined had the injury or death not occurred. In personal injury cases, the earnings and benefits they have received since the injury, and are projected to receive in the future are subtracted from the non-injury earnings and benefits. Read more about evaluating earnings and benefits had the injury or death not occurred and after the injury occurred.

When determining the total losses for each year, all of their sources of earnings and benefits should be evaluated. It is possible to have experienced no losses related to one source of earnings, but still suffer a loss related to another source of earnings or benefits.

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