In the wake of an auto accident, you might be feeling pain, fear, and stress. You may also be wondering what exactly your injuries are worth in terms of financial compensation. I want to help you find out how much your injury claim is worth so you can focus on healing rather than worrying about money. In this post I'll explain how much money you can expect from your personal injury case and how to get it—so let's start with some basic information about auto accidents:
All reasonable and necessary medical bills as a result of the Auto Accident
All reasonable and necessary medical expenses are usually paid by the party at fault in a personal injury case. It is critical to obtain all your medical records and bills for each and every medical provider that treated you for your injuries related to your auto accident. I typically have clients journal the dates and providers of each doctors visit because they can often be difficult to remember months later. With that list we are able to gather all of the records and bills and create a perfect accounting of all medical bills incurred as a result of the accident.
All lost wages must be paid by the party at fault
If you were unable to work because of your injuries, you are entitled to any lost wages during the time you were unable to work. In some cases, lost wages may continue and be paid after your claim has been settled. If travel is required for medical treatment and/or rehabilitation, then you should be compensated for the time and cost of travel.
There's no way to put a dollar figure on pain and suffering but that's exactly what lawyers do.
Pain is an intensely subjective experience, and it's difficult to put a dollar figure on pain but not impossible. Although somewhat hard to translate that pain into dollars—there are ways lawyers quantify how much money will make up for your suffering or loss of quality of life.
Typically, lawyers will quantify pain and suffering damages as a multiple of the medical bills. For example, if someone broke their arm in an auto accident, with $10,000 in medical bills, the pain and suffering portion of damages will be greater than 5 times the medical bills due to a broken bone and the pain associated with that injury. In a case with only $1000 is chiropractic treatment for a strain or sprain may have pain and suffering damages less than 5 times the medical bills.
Finding the right lawyer can make all the difference in your case.
Finding the right personal injury attorney can make all the difference in your case. Take a look at our reviews and review our site and experience. Let us know if you have any questions about our experience. We have handled hundreds of auto accident cases ranging from minor injuries to catastrophic injuries and deaths.
You may have multiple claims to pursue.
It is possible that you may have more than one claim to pursue. For example, if you were injured in a car accident, we may be able to pursue claims against the driver who caused the accident and their insurance company. Additionally, they may be able to pursue claims on behalf of those who were injured in another vehicle or pedestrian involved in the accident.
The attorneys at The Law Offices of Scott D. Hughes are prepared to handle these types of cases and will work with our clients through every step of this process - from initial consultation all the way through trial if necessary!
You might be entitled to damages even if you were partly to blame.
You may still be able to recover damages if you were partly to blame.
If you are partially at fault, your damages will be reduced based on the degree of your fault. For example, if you were 10% at fault for an accident and suffered injuries in that accident, then 90% of the value of your damages would be paid by the other driver’s insurance company. However, if you were 50% at fault for an accident and suffered injuries in that accident, then only 50% of the value of your damages would be paid by the other driver's insurance company (and it could also be argued that this person should not be driving).
You'll likely need a medical expert (or more than one) to testify.
It may be difficult to know if your injuries will be worth pursuing, especially since there is no way for you to predict the outcome of your case. The best way for you to get a better idea of what your auto accident personal injury claim is worth is by hiring medical experts who can help determine whether or not your injuries are valid and how much they are worth.
- Other health care providers
Don't expect quick settlement.
When you've been injured in an auto accident and believe someone else should be held responsible, you may wonder how much money it will take to make you feel whole again. After all, your injuries are real and painful, and they'll be with you for the rest of your life.
The bad news is that sometimes it can take months or years to settle a personal injury case—and even then, there's no guarantee that the outcome will include compensation for all of your losses. The good news is that hiring an experienced personal injury attorney helps ensure that every aspect of your legal rights has been protected from the beginning.
If another driver caused or contributed to your accident through negligence on their part (or if some other party had responsibility for maintaining road conditions), hiring a lawyer who knows how these cases work could mean getting more than just medical bills paid off—it could mean getting back what was lost when this accident occurred:
You may be able to reduce your medical bills by negotiating with your health care providers.
When you have a medical bill, it's important to keep in mind that your health care providers are paid by your insurance company. Your health care provider is not out to get you. They're just trying to make a living and provide the best possible medical treatment for their patients.
So if you've been injured in an auto accident and need medical treatment, don't be afraid to ask them about any charges or fees that aren't covered by your insurance plan. If they say something is not covered, ask them why they are charging it and see if there isn't another way they can help you with those expenses instead of billing your insurer directly (which could result in higher premiums for everyone involved).
If this doesn't work out as favorably as we would like, don't be afraid of negotiating with the people who may be responsible for paying those bills!
An attorney can help you get through this difficult process and make sure you get compensated fairly for your injuries
A personal injury attorney can help you get through this difficult process and make sure you get compensated fairly for your injuries. Personal injury attorneys are experts in the field, and they know what to look for when investigating an accident. Attorneys also know how to negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf, which is something you might not be able to do yourself. An experienced attorney will help you recover medical bills and pay out-of-pocket expenses, as well as compensate you for pain and suffering caused by your injuries—and there’s no cost until we win!
If you're injured in a car accident, it's important to understand what kind of compensation you may be able to claim. The first step is to find an attorney who can help you through this process and make sure you get compensated fairly for your injuries. Contact us for a free consultation.