December 3, 2013

What is My Personal Injury Claim Worth?

It’s a common question. Prospective clients who have been injured in a car accident, or suffered a fall, or some other type of serious accident-related injury deserve an answer.

That answer depends on several factors, including how the injuries sustained have affected you physically, emotionally, and mentally. Another factor is whether or not to punish the “tortfeasor” (the responsible individual or entity) who caused the injury. These are known as “damages.” A lawyer at Beverly Hills Law Corp., PC can help assess the value of the damages of your personal injury claim.

The most common type of personal injury damages available are known as “compensatory damages.” A personal injury attorney at Beverly Hills Law Corp., PC can help you obtain them for your injury. They are meant to compensate you for the loss you have suffered. Possible compensatory damages include:

  • The cost of medical care required to treat the injury. The actual cost of medical care already provided, plus the estimated cost of your future medical care for the injury.
  • If you have missed time from work, lost your job, or have had your future earnings capacity diminished, compensatory damages are also available.
  • Property damage. If you were in a car accident and your vehicle was damaged or totaled, you are entitled to receive damages for the property damages incurred as a result of the car accident.
  • Pain and suffering. The pain and discomfort suffered by you as a consequence of the injury, plus ongoing pain resulting from the injury can be compensated for as well. This is a very indefinite figure and requires a highly-skilled personal injury attorney to review the precise facts and circumstances of the injury.

It’s important to understand that the damages you’ve suffered are not the only measure of your injury case’s worth. Other factors impact this, such as how much you may have been at fault for the accident that caused the injury, whether you may have failed to mitigate damages after the accident, and the type of insurance coverage you and the other party may have had. All of these are taken into account in order to arrive at an equitable valuation of the damages.

If you or a family member or friend has suffered an injury as a result of a car accident, slip and fall, or other type of accident, contact a California personal injury attorney from Beverly Hills Law Corp., PC.

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