How are Damages Determined in a Personal Injury Case?

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No two injury cases are exactly alike, and the potential compensation available to a given plaintiff can also vary from one claim to another. A qualified, experienced Parkersburg personal injury attorney can evaluate the details of your case and pursue the damages you deserve from the party responsible.

When trying a personal injury case, our lawyers investigate the matter thoroughly in order to determine the level of harm a client suffered and how much compensation it would take to make the client and his/her family whole again.

Factors that could affect the type and amount of damages you might be entitled to will include:

  • The type and extent of physical injuries you sustained.
  • Economic losses you suffered due to time missed from work.
  • Whether or not you’re eligible for non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering.
  • The nature of the incident that caused your injuries.
  • The defendant’s actions; if the court finds that the defendant’s conduct was especially reckless or malicious, you might be able to recover punitive damages.

One element that could potentially diminish the value of your case is your own role, if any, in the accident that caused your injuries. West Virginia has implemented a comparative fault rule where the damages sought by a victim can be cut by up to 49 percent depending on the level to which the plaintiff is found partially responsible for the accident.

To begin building your personal injury case, please contact Jim Leach, L.C., or call 1-304-865-8530 today to schedule your no-cost consultation. Our lawyers serve clients in and around Parkersburg, West Virginia.