How much is my claim worth? This is a question that personal injury attorneys hear on a regular basis. Of course, it is also one of the most difficult to answer.
A Lot Goes Into This Question
Before an attorney can give you an idea of what your claim may be worth, he must examine all of the details of your case. For example, somebody may call and say that they have been attacked by a dog. Immediately following they want to know what their case is worth.
Before this can be answered several questions must be asked, including: how did the injury happen? Have you been to a doctor? If so, what type of treatment was suggested to you? Did you get the name and location of the person who owns the dog? Is there any type of scarring or disfigurement?
The answers to these questions make it easier to determine how much a claim is worth. Schedule an initial consultation today.
Your Options to Collect Compensation Following an Injury
It is also important to note, that there are multiple methods available for collecting compensation following a personal injury. Here are a few options:
- Insurance claim: The state is a no-fault state. This means that regardless of who is at fault when a car accident occurs, you can turn to your insurance company to cover your costs. Insurance companies do limit the amount of compensation that you receive, and in this state, it is up to $8,000 in damages.
- Settlement offer: Many personal injuries are settled outside of court. This is because it can be costly and timely to take a case to trial, something that neither party wants to do. For this reason, the other party may offer you a settlement. If you accept that offer, you can no longer pursue any other legal actions.
- Trial: If you do not receive a satisfactory settlement or you are not given one, then you may decide to take your case to trial.
- Workers’ compensation: If your injury occurred at work, then you may be able to file a personal injury claim.
Each and every personal injury case is unique. Just because one dog bite victim received a $100k settlement does not mean that every person in this position will receive the same amount.
If you are interested in finding out how much your claim is worth you will need to supply many details to a qualified personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Recoverable Costs Following a Personal Injury
It can also be useful to know what costs can be included in a personal injury claim. The state allowed us to recover the following types of costs following a personal injury:
- Medical bills, both current and future
- Emergency transportation
- Rehabilitative costs
- Household renovation need costs
- Temporary childcare costs
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capability
Your lawyer will consider these types of costs when determining the value of your case. If you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, reach out to a personal injury lawyer today.