If you are considering filing a personal injury case, you may be wondering what the true value of your claim is, and whether or not it is worth pursuing. The worth of a personal injury case is quantified in terms of “damages,” which are calculated based on how much your injuries have affected you physically, financially, and mentally.
Some of the most common types of damages in a personal injury case include:
- Medical expenses – Any medical care associated with the diagnosis and treatment of your injury is typically reimbursed in a personal injury case. This can also include the estimated cost of medical care you will need in the future for your injury.
- Lost income – You may be able to pursue compensation for any income you lost as a result of not being able to work after the accident. You can also claim damages for money you would have been able to make in the future, if it weren’t for your injury (also called “loss of earning capacity”).
- Pain and suffering – You may be entitled to compensation for your physical pain and discomfort after the accident, as well as any ongoing pain you are suffering as a result of your injury.
- Emotional distress – If an injury is severe enough, it can often have a psychological impact on the victim. Anxiety, fear, loss of sleep, and general emotional trauma can all be consequences of a serious personal injury. Quantifying and proving these “non-economic” damages requires the skill of an experienced personal injury attorney.
Other types of damages – such as loss of enjoyment of life, loss of consortium (relationships), and more – can also be pursued in a personal injury case, depending on the specific ways your injury has affected your life. You will need to prove why you deserve compensation in each of these categories in order to successfully win your case. Our experienced Morgantown injury lawyers can help you build the strongest personal injury case possible.
If you have been seriously injured because of another person’s negligence, we can help you estimate how much your case is really worth. Please contact Jim Leach, L.C., today or call 304-865-8530 for a free phone consultation with one of our experienced Morgantown personal injury lawyers.