If a serious accident has left you with injuries, you may be wondering how much compensation you can recover through a personal injury claim. It can be difficult to determine how much your case is worth right off the bat. That’s because it will likely take time for you to heal and gain an understanding of how your injuries will affect you into the future.
Your personal injury claim for compensation should take into account both current and future damages, with the goal of making you whole again after an accident. At Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, we can help you thoroughly assess and document your damages to ensure you are pursuing the maximum amount possible in your personal injury claim.
How Much Should I Sue for Personal Injury?
Depending on the circumstances of your case, there are different types of damages you should take into consideration when filing a personal injury lawsuit.
Economic damages are those than can be clearly calculated and tracked. For example, you may have receipts, invoices, or bills related to your accident. These tangible costs are considered economic losses. Some common examples of economic damages include:
Any medical expense related to your accident should be documented as part of your personal injury claim. This includes the costs of emergency room visits, surgeries, hospital stays, doctor visits, medications, etc.
Future medical expenses
Your attorney may hire medical specialists to assess your future treatment needs. For example, you may require rehabilitative therapy for years to come, or you may need more surgeries down the line. Your attorney’s goal is to ensure you are not left paying for medical care years from now that is related to your accident injuries.
If you were in a car accident, for example, you can recover money to cover the cost of repairs to your vehicle or to replace your vehicle.
Many accident victims must take time off work to heal. As part of your personal injury claim, you can demand payment for lost wages, including if you took sick time or vacation days while you were missing work.
Reduced earning capacity
If you cannot return to work or are forced to take a job that pays less, your lawyer will help you calculate the impact your injury has had on your ability to earn an income for the future.
Cost of household services
If your injury prevents you from performing household services that you did before the accident, you can claim compensation for that loss. For example, if you cannot mow the lawn or care for your children like you did before and you must now pay someone to do these things, you can be compensated for that.
Costs for change of plans
For many people, their lives are put on hold after a serious accident. This may mean that vacations or other expensive plans are abruptly cancelled, and money is lost as a result. You can claim these losses as part of your case.
Of course, there are many ways that an injury affects your life that are not easy to put a dollar value on. Still, you can demand compensation for these non-economic losses with the help of a skilled personal injury attorney. Some common types of non-economic losses our firm may pursue include:
Pain and suffering
You should be compensated for the physical and emotional pain and suffering you have endured related to your injury. Some of the factors that are considered when determining the amount of pain and suffering damages include the severity of the injury, your age, the amount of economic losses you suffered, and the possible ongoing consequences of your accident.
Loss of enjoyment of life
If you can no longer do and enjoy the activities you once loved, this should be factored into your non-economic losses.
Disfigurement or physical impairment
Injuries that leave an accident victim disfigured or impaired leave a permanent and irreversible mark on that person’s life. You should be compensated for how this will affect you.
A catastrophic accident can take a serious toll on your mental health. Some people may suffer from post-traumatic stress or other mental issues. This mental anguish also warrants compensation.
Loss of consortium or companionship
In some cases, an injury may rob a spouse of the care, companionship, and affection the accident victim provided prior to the accident. A spouse can seek compensation for this loss.
In rare cases, a jury may award a personal injury plaintiff with punitive damages. These damages are not actually meant to compensate the victim. Rather, they are intended to punish the defendant for extreme recklessness or the intentional infliction of harm. They are also meant to send a message and deter others from such reckless behavior in the future.
Talk to a Personal Injury Lawyer Now About Your Case
Because there are so many different types of damages that you may be legally entitled to receive, you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney about the specifics of your case. An insurance company may act like you do not need a lawyer to negotiate a settlement. The truth is, they will not pay you everything you are owed unless they are forced to do so.
When you contact the skilled personal injury lawyers at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, we will review your case for free and give you an honest assessment. We will talk to you about how to document your damages, and we can call on experts to help support your claim for full and fair compensation. Ultimately, we will want to ensure your current and future damages are fully accounted for so we can demand the maximum compensation you deserve.
Call us or contact us online today to schedule your free consultation. There are no costs upfront to begin work on your case, and we do not collect a fee unless we win money for you.