Personal injury claims can be made if you are injured in a car accident, hurt at a business, are the victim of medical malpractice, and mishaps at someone’s home. Though there are a wide range of potential claims, the previous examples represent a few typical instances in which you would be eligible to seek a personal injury claim.
If you’re considering filing a lawsuit, you’ll probably wonder how much your personal injury claim is worth.
What How Much My Settlement Is Worth?
Several factors can determine how much you should demand in personal injury cases. This settlement can cover your medical bills, lost wages, and your injury’s long-term effects.
Here are a few:
- Severity of injury is established by the level and type of your injury. Let’s say, for example, you were burned. First degree burns are generally superficial, don’t blister, and heal rather quickly. In contrast, a third-degree burn can result in tissue and nerve damage and possibly lead to death, resulting in a higher claim request.
- Time missed from work allows for varying amounts depending on how much time you missed. Having to take leave for a day or two instead of missing a year of work can drastically impact the claim’s amount.
- Fault determines whose negligence caused harm. It’s also a key component of a personal injury claim because it establishes which party will be responsible for damages.
These are not the only factors that determine what you demand and ultimately receive. Still they go a long way to help you get what you deserve if you’re injured in an accident.
I was not at fault! What’s next?
After enlisting the assistance of an experienced accident attorney, who compiles facts and details about your case, the attorney then helps determine the proper amount to seek in injury cases.
Next your attorney and the other party’s insurance adjuster and attorney begin to negotiate a settlement.
Negotiations determine the compensation for injuries, and additional elements of your claim, that should be considered in the total amount paid to you.
Do I really need an attorney?
Short answer: YES!
It is critical to talk to an attorney about your personal injury lawsuit.
Insurance companies will attempt to pay less than your claim is worth and may even deny any form of payment. Utilizing an experienced attorney keeps your security, interest, and hardship at the forefront to reach the best settlement possible.
If you, or a loved one, have questions regarding a personal injury claim, give the experienced attorneys at Siniard, Timberlake & League a call. We can help.