When someone meets with our Personal Injury lawyers, they often want to know what their case is worth. While many law firms like to advertise big settlements and share how they were able to get specific clients a certain amount of money, that’s not something our firm advertises. The main reason is that we don’t want to give anyone false hope about their case. It’s not fair to tell someone they’ll get a $100,000 settlement when we haven’t evaluated their case. The amount you will receive depends upon a lot of different factors, including:
- Medical Expenses: Medical expenses that result from your injuries will play an important part in your settlement. If you have an extended hospital stay or must have multiple surgeries, this will likely result in a higher settlement. It’s also important to document any type of physical therapy that may result from the injuries.
If your injury is serious enough, you may require future medical attention, too. Your settlement should reflect any future medical expenses that may occur.
- Property Damage: In most cases, property damage usually refers to something like a car that was damaged in an accident. If the car was a total loss or suffered substantial damage, the settlement should reflect the amount of damage that occurred.
- Lost wages: If you’re injured in a car accident, there is a good chance you’ll miss work because of injury. If you’re off work for an extended period of time, your settlement should reflect lost wages.
- Pain and suffering: This is one of the categories that can be hard to quantify. Pain and suffering refer to any emotional stress and pain that result from an accident. Pain and suffering may be minor, but in some cases, it can include depression, anger, and even PTSD. For instance, let’s say you’re an avid jogger, but someone hits your car. The resulting injury may make it difficult for you to do something you enjoy by continuing to jog. That is also an example of pain and suffering.
- Punitive damages: Punitive damages can be difficult to understand if you don’t have a background in law. Essentially, punitive damages are meant to punish the offender. For instance, if a driver willingly drives recklessly, the court may assign punitive damages. To learn more about punitive damages, read our previous blog here.
There are a lot of factors that go into a settlement. The categories above reflect just a small part of what you may receive compensation for. Any law firm can advertise large settlements, but we like to evaluate each case on an individual basis. It’s important to keep your expectations realistic, and it’s important to know that an insurance company isn’t likely to be on your side. If you’d like to know more about what we can do to help, call today for a free consultation. Our toll-free number is 1-877-526-3457. If you can’t talk now, fill out this form so that we can call you at a better time.