If you have been injured by someone else’s negligent or reckless behavior, you may have grounds to file a personal injury claim against that person or party. Personal injury claims often result from car accidents, slip and fall accidents, dog bite injuries, and workplace accidents.
One of the first things that most people ask is, “how much is my personal injury case worth?” To figure this out, you and your attorney will review a few crucial factors. These include:
Who was at fault for the accident? Were you partially at fault? Can you prove that the other person was at fault?
If you are partially at fault for an accident that caused you to be injured, then you may be limited in how much financial compensation you can pursue. For example, if you are 50% responsible for the accident, then you may only be able to recover compensation for the other 50% that someone else was at fault.
The premise of damages in a personal injury claim is that you are restored to the same or similar position you were in before your injury. In order to obtain damages, you must have injuries and related financial losses. To calculate damages, your attorney will consider:
· Past medical bills
· Future anticipated medical bills
· Time away from work (lost wages)
· Whether the injury has caused inconveniences in your life or to your family
If the other party has hefty insurance coverage, you may be compensated through their policy, rather than through a lawsuit. If there is enough insurance coverage to compensate you for the value of your case, then your claim may be quickly resolved. If there is not enough coverage, or if the other party is uninsured, then you can either accept a settlement amount or proceed with a personal injury claim.
The legal team at Guldjian & Fasel in Southern California is dedicated to getting you back on your feet and back to your normal life following a personal injury accident. Call us today for a free consultation.