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How Much is a Personal Injury Case Worth in Damages?

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One of the most common questions when it comes to personal injury cases is, naturally, how much is my case worth? Accident and injury attorneys will make sure that you get the maximum possible compensation when the case ends. However, if you want to know a specific or average amount, there are some things that you have to take into consideration.

First, keep in mind that each personal injury case is different and that there are more than just a couple categories of damages that you may receive compensation for. As you may already know, injuries don’t only affect you in monetary ways. They also affect you mentally and physically as well.

So, let’s see what are the aspects that you’ll have to take into account when determining the worth of your personal injury case in the USA.

 

Compensatory Damages

This is what you’ll have to get familiar with if you want to estimate how much your personal injury case is worth in damages. The compensatory damages refer to all types of damages and losses that you have suffered as a result of your accident, and which make you eligible to compensation.

  • Medical Care – if you are being awarded damages from your personal injury case, then the medical treatment you have already received will be fully reimbursed to you. 

  • Income – if the injury you have sustained renders you unable to work and you are not on paid leave, then you are entitled to the compensation of your lost wages.

  • Property Loss – any type of property that gets damaged in the accident, such as clothing, vehicles, accessories, and so on, makes you eligible for its reimbursement.

  • Pain and Suffering – in some cases, you can be compensated for the pain and suffering that was caused to you by the accident.

  • Emotional Hardship – in the case of severe accidents, you may suffer so-called emotional hardship – such as psychological distress, sleep loss, fear, anxiety, depression, etc. Naturally, in this case, you are entitled to compensation.

  • Loss of Enjoyment – you are eligible for loss of employment damages if the injuries you have sustained affect your daily activities, hobbies, and so on.

  • Punitive Damages – if you and your attorney can prove that the defendant was careless, then you may receive punitive damages, along with the compensatory damages. As their name implies, punitive damages are meant to punish the defendant for their negligence.

These were the things that can directly affect the worth in damages of your personal injury case. However, keep in mind that, depending on your actions, you can reduce the amount of damages that you receive. 

  • Your Actions or Inactions – what you do and what you don’t do at the scene of the accident can greatly affect and reduce the amount of damages that you will receive.

  • Comparative Negligence – your overall settlement can be affected even if you were partially at fault for the accident in which you were injured. Because many states comply with the standard of comparative negligence, make sure to take this aspect into account when determining how much your case is worth.

  • Contributory Negligence – a small number of states follow the standard of contributory negligence. If you are in one of these states, then even if you are partially at fault for the accident, you will not receive any type of compensation.

 

The Bottom Line

As you can see, it would be very hard to determine the worth of a personal injury case. There are many things that have to be taken into account, both from the side of the defendant, as well as of the plaintiff. 

Moreover, depending on the personal injury and type of accident, compensation can be as little as a couple hundred dollars, or as high as thousands of dollars.

If you want to get a rough amount, you can always consult with your personal injury attorney. They will tell you everything you need to know about any type of damages and compensation that you may be entitled to!