Personal Injury Case Evaluation
If you were involved in a Personal Injury Accident, compensation for damages is paid to the injured party but the person or company who is found at-fault for the accident.
Table Of Contents
- Personal Injury Cases
- Compensatory Damages
- Choosing A Personal Injury Attorney
Personal Injury Cases
The vast majority of personal injury cases can be settled out of court, which means the amount awarded in damages is often an agreed upon amount that occurs during the negotiation process between the parties insurance companies and attorneys.
If you're considering filing a personal injury lawsuit, you may be wondering how an attorney evaluates your case. The answer comes down to damages, and figuring out what your injuries have cost you physically, mentally and monetarily.
Your personal injury attorney will help determine what constitutes as an acceptable amount of money to settle your case.
The majority of personal injury damages are classified as "compensatory", which means they are intended to compensate the victim for the losses that occurred because of the accident.
The amount awarded in compensatory damages is meant to make the victim "whole" again, strictly from a monetary standpoint. Trying to put a dollar amount on all of the consequences that occurred because of the accident is something that is nearly impossible to do without the help of an attorney.
It is up to your experienced attorney to help place an amount on pain and suffering, along with other more easily identifiable damages.
There are several compensatory damages that are common in Personal Injury Cases:
Medical Expenses: A personal injury damage award will almost always include the cost of medical bills associated with the accident. This could mean reimbursement for treatment that was received along with treatment that may be necessary in the future.
Property Damage: If the victim was involved in a personal injury accident that caused damage to their personal property such as a car accident, they will be entitled to reimbursement for any repairs or replacements that were needed to return the property to the value it was at the time of the accident.
Lost Income: If the victim missed time at work because of the injuries they suffered, they are entitled to compensation for the wages that missed out on, and potentially for future wages that will be missed out on because of the accident. This is referred to a victim's "loss of earning capacity" due to the extent of the injuries that the accident caused.
Pain and Suffering: Personal Injury Accident victims may be entitled to compensation for the pain and discomfort that was caused as a result of the aftermath of the accident. In some cases, damage awards may be given for any ongoing pain that can be attributed to the accident as well.
Emotional Distress: In very serious accidents, emotional distress damages are meant to compensate the victim for psychological impact of the injuries that were suffered, such as fear, anxiety and sleep loss.
Loss of Enjoyment: When a victim's injuries keep them from enjoying their day-to-day activities, hobbies, and other types of recreational activities, they may be entitled to receive compensation for "loss of enjoyment".
Punitive Damages: In a personal injury case when the at-fault party's conduct is deemed outrageously careless, the victim may be awarded punitive damages on top of any other compensatory damages that they receive. Punitive damages are meant to punish the person who caused the accident for displaying such careless conduct. They are used as a deterrent so that hopefully this person will think twice before acting in the same way again.
Choosing a Personal Injury Attorney
If you were involved in an accident that was caused by someone else's negligence, you will need to contact an experienced Personal Injury Attorney for legal help.
Determining the value of your case can be very difficult to accomplish on your own.
When you hire a personal injury attorney to help with your case, they handle all negotiations with the at-fault party's insurance company. They will file a demand for compensation and will not be bullied or taken advantage of by the insurance company.
The Roth Firm has a team of experienced Personal Injury Lawyer who have been representing accident victims for over 30 years. Each attorney from our firm is dedicated to making sure each client receives the maximum amount of compensation that they are owed for their losses.
We provide all personal injury accident victims with a free consultation to see how we can best assist with their case.
If you were involved in an accident in Georgia or Tennessee, do not hesitate to contact an experienced Personal Injury Attorney for legal help. Click below to schedule your free consultation today.