Americans suffer every day from personal injuries, and without an experienced personal injury lawyer Broken Arrow OK litigators will seek to pay as little to you as possible. Possibilities are endless where accidents are concerned, and mistakes made by the victim, after the tortuous act, typically places them in a poor bargaining position. This is why having an experienced injury attorney is vital to the case.
Winning An Injury Case
When trying to establish an economic value for personal injuries, several factors must be taken into account. The reimbursement must cover the initial medical expenses of the injured party, those during treatment, damaged assets and loss of income during convalescence.
Courts often also recognize compensation for those damages to which it is more difficult to assign any monetary value, such as pain and suffering, loss of social and educational experiences, and emotional stress.
When you have an attorney, most cases for personal injury are unlikely to occur before a judge because your lawyer will negotiate a settlement before it gets to that level. However, if both sides fail to reach a solution, it will go to court where a judge will decide how much will have to be compensated.
How Much Is My Case Worth?
It is important to understand how much your claim is worth before reaching an agreement with the insurance company.
Medical costs: all your medical costs that were not covered by insurance can be compensated. For example, this includes hospital bills, operations, doctor appointments, nursing care, and prescription drug charges.
Personal out-of-pocket expenses: if you spend on child care, cleaning aids, drivers or other help personnel that you did not need prior to your injuries, then these expenses are generally compensable.
Loss of income: the loss of income due to being out of work, the projected time you will be away from work, reduced hours or a reduction in income due to a change in the profession caused by your injuries, are compensable.
Pain and suffering: You may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering related to your injuries. Loss of experiences such as inability to attend school, social events and vacations, can also give you the right to damages. Physical pain and suffering incurred due to physical disabilities or disfigurement, may also be reimbursable.
Damage to property: If property damage occurred in the accident that caused your personal injury, then you may be entitled to compensation for those damages.
Rehabilitation costs: ongoing costs of rehabilitation such as mental health care, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and other rehabilitation costs are reimbursable.
The damages described above can be reduced if you were also at fault in the accident. Usually the insurance companies and the courts will assign their responsibility for the injuries in a certain percentage and the responsibilities of the defendant in the percentage of their responsibility.
The granting of your damages will be reduced by your percentage of responsibility. For example, if you were responsible for 30 percent of the slip and fall accident because you were answering a call on your cell phone and did not pay attention to taking the steps that caused it to fall, then the potential granting of your damages will be reduced by a 30 percent. Securing an appropriate settlement really rests on the experienced attorney you’ve chosen.