Understanding Loss of Quality of Life in an Accident Claim
If you were involved in a Personal Injury Accident that was not your fault, it's very common to wonder what sort of compensation you may be entitled to.
When someone becomes injured because of another's negligence or careless actions, the victim is often entitled to receive compensation for economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are easy to understand, they include medical expenses, lost income and any out-of-pocket expenses related to the accident. Non-economic damages are a bit harder to determine and they include damages for loss of quality of life.
Let's take a closer look at Loss of Quality of Life and all that it entails.
- Understanding Loss Of Quality Of Life
- Evaluating A Quality Of Life Accident Case
- The Importance of Hiring an Attorney to Help with your Loss of Quality of Life Accident Claim
Understanding Loss of Quality of Life
Quality of life compensation is about more than just the pain and suffering that the victim experienced. It also has to do with the victim's quality of life, and what that looks like after the accident.
Quality of life damages can include any of the following:
- Personal Physical Discomfort
- Emotional Worry
- Inability to Engage in Activity
- Damaged Reputation
- Physical Mutilation
- Loss of an Organ
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life
- Loss of Companionship
- Loss of Affection from Another
These are all intangible things that are part of a person's quality of life, and depending upon the Personal Injury Accident and the losses that were suffered by the victim, all of the above could be included in an accident claim.
As to be expected, it's often quite difficult to put a dollar amount on these quality of life damages. Of course the person who suffered any of these losses will feel as if there is not amount to make up for what they went through, and while that's true, an amount will still need to be determined when a claim is filed for compensation.
Evaluating a Quality of Life Accident Claim
There are a wide range of variables that will need to be considered to determine the value of loss of quality of life damages in a Personal Injury Accident.
The evaluation of these damages is on a case by case basis, which means there is no set number that is awarded for a given variable. It is done this way because there are so many factors that may influence any given accident claim.
This is not to say that all of the factors that do influence the value of a case should influence the case value, but unfortunately, that's just the way it is.
Among the factors that have influenced the value of a loss of quality of life claim could include one or multiple of the following:
- Work History
- Severity of Injuries that were Suffered
- The Injured Person's Age
- Witness Testimony
- Educational Background
- Comparative Fault
- Appearance of the Injured Person
- Geographic Location
- Socio-Economic Status
- Wealth of those Involved
- Presence or Absence of Insurance
- Nature of the Accident (was the person drunk)
- Expected Future Consequences of the Injury
This list may seem extensive, and there are a lot of factors that will be considered when determining the value of your case. As we said before, not all of these factors listed are fair, but you should be made aware of what could potentially affect your case for better or for worse.
It's also important to note that quality of life compensation is not meant to punish the wrong-doer, it is simply to provide the victim with compensation for everything they lost. Depending on the circumstances of your case, punishment to the one at fault will come in a different form.
The Importance of Hiring an Attorney to Help with your Loss of Quality of Life Accident Claim
When it comes to evaluating a loss of quality of life accident claim, having a professional Personal Injury Attorney who is committed to helping you is absolutely necessary.
Insurance companies will not be on your side or helping you through this difficult time. In fact, they will be trying to reduce your settlement, especially if you are entitled to a substantial amount of money.
As upsetting as this information may be, it is the truth. The at-fault person's insurance company will be looking out for themselves, and if that means finding a way to reduce your settlement so they can save money, you can bet that is what they are going to do.
Because of the extensive variables that can be involved with a quality of life claim, it's nearly impossible to handle without legal help. If your case goes to trial, you will need someone with field experience to speak on your behalf in front of judge or jury.
You only get one chance at obtaining compensation, and when your quality of life is severely diminished because of the accident you were involved in, you deserve to be compensated fully for everything you lost as a result.
The Roth Firm has a team of highly trained attorneys who have experience handling loss of quality of life accident cases. Our attorneys also have many years of experience representing accident victims in front of a judge or jury.
Our lawyers provide any potential client with a free case evaluation. We will speak with you to find out the details of your case so we can determine if we can help you.
Nobody should have to worry about filing a compensation claim after suffering substantial losses in an accident. Let our attorneys take care of you and help you get the financial compensation that you are owed for your suffering.
If you're suffering from Loss of Quality of Life, click the link below to schedule your free consultation with our expert Personal Injury Attorneys serving Georgia and Tennessee today.