If you are considering contacting a personal injury lawyer regarding an accident or injury that you’ve experienced, inevitably you’ll be faced with many questions. When should I contact a lawyer? How long will the process take? How much financial compensation am I entitled to in my case?
How Much Is a Personal Injury Claim Worth?
There are many circumstances that may indicate how much financial compensation you may be entitled to in a personal injury case. This generally comes down to damages. Damages are an accumulation of your medical expenses, damages to your personal property, lost wages due to the injury, as well as the pain and suffering that resulted from your personal injury.
The amount of financial compensation you’re entitled to is also dependent on the defendant in the case. If your injury happened in the workplace, your employer may be held financially responsible for your injury. If your personal injury happened as the result of a person or company’s negligence, they may be held legally responsible for your injury, and they, or their insurer, may be compelled to compensate you accordingly for your injuries.
Here are some examples of what kind of compensation you may be able to expect in a personal injury case:
Medical expenses: This is fairly straightforward in determining the amount of compensation, as medical expenses have a dollar amount that can be easily calculated.
Lost wages: If your injury has caused you to miss work, that means you are losing crucial wages and earnings. This is also fairly simple to calculate in terms of monetary value.
Lost or damaged property: This may depend on the type of injury you’ve experienced. Examples of property damaged in a personal injury case include damage to your motor vehicle after a car accident, any repairs necessary, or the fair market value of the property damaged.
Pain and suffering: It is much more difficult to put a dollar amount on the pain and discomfort you’ve experienced as a result of your injury, but this is especially important if the injury causes ongoing daily pain after the incident.
Emotional distress: Emotional distress may be considered a part of the pain and suffering, but it generally refers to the psychological impact of the accident, including anxiety, depression, sleep loss, and trauma experienced as a result.
If there is any question of liability, the case may go to trial. If a company is involved, their insurance company may try to prove that they are not liable, and this is when it is crucial to have an experienced personal injury attorney on your side, making sure that you and your rights are fully represented in a court of law. Our team of lawyers at Willis & Toews have dealt with numerous insurance companies and know exactly how to navigate the complex legal system surrounding personal injury cases.
Willis & Toews Personal Injury Lawyers
If you believe that you have a valid personal injury case, contact Willis & Toews immediately. The sooner after an accident that you contact a personal injury lawyer, the better. We have a team of experienced personal injury lawyers ready to take your case on, answer your questions after a devastating accident, and represent your best interests so you can focus on your personal recovery.