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.
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.
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.