When Does an Injury Qualify for a Settlement?
If you’ve been injured in an accident that was caused by the irresponsible choices of another, you’re probably wondering how you can go about obtaining compensation for the damages you’ve suffered.
You can recover the compensation you need through a personal injury lawsuit. In building your personal injury claim, we will be able to establish the negligence of the at-fault entity and calculate the value of all of your damages. But how do you know whether your injuries actually qualify for a settlement?
First and foremost, the accident you were involved in must have caused injuries severe enough to impact your life in a negative way. For instance, if you were involved in a motor vehicle accident and suffered a traumatic brain injury that left you out of work and with a mountain of medical bills, this could be grounds for a personal injury claim.
Another example could be a slip-and-fall accident in which you fell on some ice outside of a downtown coffee shop and suffered a slipped disc that impacted your ability to perform your job.
You’ll know whether your injury is critical enough to warrant a personal injury claim after getting a realistic idea of the value of your economic and non-economic damages.
The most crucial part in seeking a settlement for your injuries is being able to establish fault. We can only be successful with a personal injury claim if the behavior of the defendant was negligent in some way.
Let’s say you needed to have your appendix removed, and the anesthesiologist in charge of putting you to sleep gave you an improper dose of medication, which caused you to wake up in the middle of the procedure. You could be traumatized from an experience like this, and if the anesthesiologist had paid attention to your chart, it wouldn’t have happened. That’s negligence.
Once we’ve determined and proven liability in your claim, we’ll be able to move on to negotiating with the defendant or bringing your claim to court, where you’ll be awarded compensation based on the impact and extent of your injuries and damages.
Meet with a Boston Personal Injury Lawyer
If you’d like more information about what to expect from your personal injury claim, get in touch with a Boston injury lawyer at Joel H. Schwartz, PC today. You can schedule your free, no-obligation claim evaluation by filling out the form below or calling 1-800-660-2270.