If you are the victim of negligence caused, either wholly or in part, by a third party, you may be wondering how much compensation you could recover in a personal injury lawsuit. Examples include injuries due to a car accident, medical malpractice, slip and fall, or a defective product, which may allow you to seek damages.
Turner & Turner Law has been in the practice of victim advocacy for more than 40 years and founding partner Lee Turner helped define the best practices of victim advocacy in Michigan’s legal community. To learn more about what Turner & Turner Law can do to help you, schedule a free consultation, call (248) 355-1727, or contact us online today.
FACTORS THAT DETERMINE THE VALUE OF YOUR INJURY CLAIM
If you suffer injuries through no fault of your own, you deserve compensation that will “make you whole.” Every case is unique, with varying facts, but using precedents as a guide, when Turner & Turner accepts a case, we will provide you with an estimated value of your case by looking at the following factors:
- Medical bills and costs – You deserve to be compensated for your past and future medical treatment, including adaptive medical devices, pain management therapies, physical therapy, and transportation to your doctor.
- Lost income – If your injury forces you to miss work, you should be compensated for the wages you were unable to earn. If your injury is permanent, you should receive compensation for 100 percent of your lost wages. If you can only work again in a diminished capacity, then you deserve the difference between what you earned before and after the injury.
- Pain and suffering – Insurance companies sometimes use “pain multipliers.” This means that your actual economic loss is multiplied by a designated number in order to estimate your pain and suffering damages.
Turner & Turner will gather medical records, employment records, and other evidence to establish these damages. We can also consult with medical experts, economists, and other professionals to assess the full extent of past and future losses in your case.
OTHER FACTORS THAT DETERMINE YOUR CLAIM’S VALUE
There are two other factors you need to consider when assessing the value of your case:
Comparative negligence – If you were partially to blame for your accident or injuries, then you may have your damage claim reduced by the percentage of fault that you bear. For example, if you were 20 percent responsible and suffered $100,000 in damages, you would be responsible for covering $20,000 in costs (20 percent of $100,000). The person who hurt you would be responsible for covering 80 percent, or $80,000. Unfortunately, if you are found to be 51 percent or more at fault, you would recover nothing.
Insurance limits – The at-fault party’s insurance coverage usually covers your costs and losses in a personal injury claim. However, insurers will pay only up to the policy limits. For example, if the at-fault party has a $100,000 limit, the insurance company will pay no more than $100,000 – even if a jury awards you $125,000 in damages.
While you could try to pursue a claim against the at-fault party for the excess, most people don’t have that much money. This means you might not be able to collect it at all, or you might have to go through steps such as garnishing the at-fault party’s wages or placing liens on his or her property. These steps can be challenging. This is why settlements tend to be for an amount equal to the at-fault party’s policy limits.
A PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY CAN HELP VALUE YOUR CLAIM
Getting sufficient compensation for your injury is essential so you can move on with your life and have the money you need to provide your medical care and pay your other expenses. You don’t want to accept less than you deserve, which means you need to have a clear idea of what your case is worth.