Getting the exact value of a personal injury case is not easy; there are numerous different factors, many of which are specific to each individual case. Can it be done? Yes, but not with a whole lot of accuracy.
In New York, injuries are occurring all the time, and local citizens want to know what they can do when someone is responsible for their injuries. Bicycle collisions and pedestrian collisions are commonly occurring due to distracted and unsafe taxi drivers. Keep in mind that this is not for those who have hurt themselves doing something stupid, this is for people who have been wronged by someone else, and that other person’s actions led to serious, life-threatening injuries that cost you and yours a lot of money.
There are a lot of different ways for you to try and compute the total value of your case. The following factors are the easiest ways to determine the general amount you can receive, but in all reality you should speak with a personal injury lawyer you trust to ensure everything is done properly.
Factors That Affect Your Compensation Amount
* Medical expenses
The amount of money you’ve been forced to pay in medical expenses are the majority of the damages that you’ve sustained. The purpose of a personal injury case is to provide compensation for any damages a victim sustains. Total all your medical bills without assuming even a minor expense. If you are still under pain and have not sought medical attention, include the estimated cost of treatment.
* Property damage
If any of your property was damaged, such as vehicle being struck during an accident, should be compensable and paid as part of your settlement or verdict. There are things within the car that you may want to receive compensation for as well. If your cell phone was in the car and broke as a result of the accident, you could include it in your property damage claim.
* Lost earnings
Compute the payment you could have got if you were back at work. Include all the benefits that you could have received too. If you have an involving side-job that you were doing, remember to mention its potential returns in the lost earnings.
* Future income loss
Despite receiving the best treatment available, there is nothing you can do to avoid missing work if you have suffered serious injuries in an accident. Can you estimate the price? Yes. Put economic factors such as inflation into consideration and the responsible party will likely be forced to pay those as well.
* Future medical costs
Do not ignore the fact that you will need medical attention in future such as checkups and expensive therapies. Also consider the fact that you may need to change doctors or have accompanying treatment depending on the doctor’s decision.
* General damages
These include emotional torture and damages caused to you. However light they may appear to be, there is likelihood that these will grow in the future if not taken care of by a skilled professional.
Will these costs give me an accurate amount that I could potentially receive for my case? Yes, but the additional amounts you will receive as a result of pain and suffering are often how victims receive millions of dollars.