April 20, 2023
How Much Is My Personal Injury Claim Worth?
If you suffered serious injuries as a result of a car accident, you want to make sure that you receive appropriate and fair compensation for your physical and emotional trauma. However, you may have trouble trying to put a dollar figure on your personal injury claim.
Just how much can you expect to receive in damages for your claim? The answer, as often happens with legal matters, is that the final calculation depends on a number of factors. This is why so many accident survivors who have been hurt work with lawyers.
How Is Compensation Calculated?
What makes the process of calculating a personal injury claim challenging? It rarely involves simply adding up straightforward figures, such as medical statements or auto repair bills. Those figures are essential elements, but they are not the only considerations that go into the calculation.
Some items that can make your personal injury claim total go up or down include:
- Economic expenses: These are expenses that are simple to track and document, like out-of-pocket bills paid to a health care provider, or a letter from your employer stating how much regular pay you missed because you could not come to work. To receive compensatory damages for this type of expense, you (your lawyer) will need to have clear evidence that the cost was due to the accident.
- Non-economic expenses: This covers something like “pain and suffering.” Non-economic damages, such as loss of consortium, are very difficult to quantify.
- Shared fault: If you played a role in the accident, your overall settlement figure will reflect your percentage of fault. For instance, if you are found to be 20 percent at fault for causing the accident, you would only be eligible to receive 80 percent of the claim. If you are found to be more than 50 percent at fault, you will receive nothing.
- Statute of limitations: You have two years to file a personal injury claim in Pennsylvania. If you miss this statute of limitations, you will nullify your opportunity to receive any damages.
Rather than trying to negotiate on your own and come up with a claim figure you think sounds right, talk to a car accident lawyer soon after being injured in a crash. Then, you can move forward more confidently and have strong legal representation.
Delaware County Car Accident Lawyers at Anthony C. Gagliano III, P.C. Can Discuss Your Personal Injury Claim
Personal injury claims can be difficult to understand without legal representation. If you have been hurt in a crash, speak with our Delaware County car accident lawyers at Anthony C. Gagliano III, P.C. Call us at 267-861-7100 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. Located in Philadelphia and King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, we serve clients in Montgomery County, Delaware County, Bucks County, Chester County, and Norristown.