Car accidents are serious business, and if you or a loved one has been
injured in one, you may be wondering what you can do. Most people know
that if they’re injured as a result of the negligence of another,
they are entitled to compensation, and car accidents are no exception
to this rule. Therefore, the first question on many people’s minds
after one of these accidents is “how much is my case worth?”
If the answer to this question was easy, we’d be more than happy
to give it on this blog. Unfortunately, no two car accidents are the same,
meaning no two accidents have the same outcome to deal with, and therefore
no two have the same value. That means the value of your case is going
to heavily depend on the circumstances of your accident and what losses
you incur as a result of it. While we can’t give you a specific
value here, we can give you a general idea of what things contribute to
the overall value of your case to help you get a better idea of what you
should expect. We also strongly encourage you to call our Stuart car accident
attorneys and ask for more information with a case evaluation and start
learning more about your options based on your specific case. Once you
have done this, you can start to get a better, clearer idea of the total
overall value of your case.
Types of Damages
There are many different types of damages that you can sustain as a part
of your car accident, and many of them you can claim as a part of your
lawsuit or demand be part of any settlement you agree to. Here are a few
of the most common types that are in almost every car accident.
Medical expenses, including treatment costs, rehabilitation, medications,
mobility equipment, and many other forms of medical care and recovery
costs that are directly related to your car accident are eligible to be
considered for compensation. This is arguably the most common form of
compensation, and in some ways the simplest to evaluate, but some cases
can get more complex in determining what a valid medical expense is and
what isn’t, especially when an accident re-aggravates an old ailment.
When you’re injured in a car accident, odds are you probably won’t
be able to go to work for a while. When you can’t work, you may
not be able to continue making money to make ends meet. This is also a
fairly common form of compensation, and also an easy one to evaluate.
Keep track of exactly how much work time you have missed as a result of
your injury, including when you were updated on your condition by your
doctor. Then add up the amount of money you would have made had you
not missed that time and you can demand it as a part of your compensation.
Pain & Suffering
Pain and suffering is a little more complex than the other two previously-mentioned
types of damage, but in essence this is compensation for the incredible
discomfort and inconvenience that your pain has put you through. Calculating
pain and suffering is usually done with some sort of a mathematical formula,
but the formula may change based on your case, so it’s important
that you have an attorney who’s experienced with these matters helping
you with your case to make sure your demands are proper and you’re
not being undercut on how much your suffering may actually be worth.
Odds are your injuries were not the only thing you sustained in your car
accident—unless you were a pedestrian with nothing on you but the
shirt on your back, you probably suffered some form of property damage,
notably to your vehicle. If the other driver was at fault for the accident,
you have the right to demand that they cover the cost of fixing your car.
If your car cannot be fixed, you can demand that they reimburse you for
its value at the time of the accident.
For more information about your case or to find out how much your accident
may have been worth,
contact Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC today at (866) 675-4427.
In some instances, you and your attorney can work together to demand that
the other party also cover your legal and court fees. This way your settlement
won’t be reduced significantly right up front by having to pay expensive
court costs and for your representation. These fees can add up into the
thousands of dollars fairly quickly, so pushing for this as a part of
your settlement or verdict whenever possible is a smart idea.