It is reasonable to wonder about the value of a potential legal claim, especially if your harm was caused by the negligence of another party. Under California law, you may seek compensation for your injuries and other losses. Yet, the valuation of your case depends on a number of criteria. The simplest approach to establish how much compensation you may be entitled to is to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer.
Depending on the type of your accident, you may be eligible for a number of cash compensations in the event of a personal injury. Compensatory damages, which can include both economic and non-economic damages, and punitive damages are the most frequently awarded forms of damages.
The purpose of compensatory damages is to help you cover financial and non-financial costs associated with your accident, including:
- Medical expenses.
- Lost earnings if you aren’t able to return to work.
- Pain and suffering, including emotional trauma and mental anguish.
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
- Funeral and burial expenses in cases involving wrongful death.
Punitive damages are designed to “punish” the person at blame for their extreme irresponsibility or severe negligence that led to the accident. A judge may award punitive damages to send the message that such behaviour is not acceptable.
In a personal injury claim, numerous circumstances might determine the amount of compensation you receive. A knowledgeable and skilled personal injury attorney will be able to assess your losses.
It can be particularly difficult to assign a monetary value to non-financial damages, such as pain and suffering. Therefore, you should never accept an insurance company’s settlement offer before having a lawyer evaluate your claim.
Common factors that go into calculating damages include:
- Medical bills
- The severity of the injury(s)
- How has the injury impacted your daily life?
- Who can be held liable?
- Whether you share any fault for the accident
- Insurance policy limits
- Your age
- Your general health and any pre-existing conditions
After an accident, if you are able to successfully pursue and win a claim for full and fair compensation, you may be able to prevent yourself from experiencing extra physical and mental pain that is caused by financial troubles. If you want to get the compensation you deserve for the harm you have suffered, your best chance is to work with an experienced personal injury attorney who will fight for justice when you need it the most. If you have been injured, you deserve this recompense.
Our attorneys at San Gabriel Valley Personal Injury Law Firm have the experience and resources necessary to perform a thorough investigation of the accident, collect crucial evidence to support your claim, identify liability, and aggressively pursue the maximum compensation on your behalf. Please do not hesitate to contact us at (626) 602-9483 to discuss your situation, and we provide complimentary consultations.