If there is one question on the minds of injured parties when they seek compensation for their injuries, it is how much one can get for their case. It is difficult to determine exactly how much you will be awarded in a personal injury case. This is because every case is unique. Your lawyer can only give you an estimate of the value of your case.
The Severity of Injuries
There are several factors that affect the amount awarded as compensation in a personal injury case. One of these factors is the severity of the injuries suffered by the victim. In general, serious injuries are more likely to result in larger settlements and verdicts. This is because the victim is likely to incur more substantial medical expenses and suffer lost wages as a result of the injuries.
One of the most common ways used to determine the severity of an injury is by examining the cost of medical care that the victim has received. Another method is by looking at the effects the injuries have had on the victim.
Physical injuries can vary from simple cuts and bruises to more serious injuries such as broken bones and disfigurements. Many personal injury claimants have more than one injury. In most cases, the longer the list of your injuries the higher the compensation awarded.
The value of your case is also affected by the type of injury. Serious injuries, such as broken bones, disfigurements and permanent scarring often result in higher compensation. Injuries that are considered to have a permanent impact on the victim’s abilities or appearance also attract greater amounts in compensation.
- Non physical
Some injuries are considered non-physical. They do not manifest on the body but affect the mind or emotional state of the victim. These injuries may take the form of depression, stress or anxiety. While these injuries may not affect your physical ability to carry out tasks, they may hinder you from taking part in various activities because of the psychological trauma you have suffered.
These types of injuries are considered when determining the level of pain and suffering caused by the accident. The amount awarded for pain and suffering increases with more severe physical injuries.
The personal injury lawyers at Sheridan & Rund will evaluate your claim during a free confidential consultation. We will assess the nature of your injuries and other losses and help you determine a fair value for your case. This is the first step in the process that will result in a settlement with the insurance company or, if necessary, a trial to determine liability and damages. We will be with you every step of the way.