Every personal injury case is unique and, thus, will have a unique outcome. A personal injury attorney who can tell you how much your case is worth on the spot may not have your best interests in mind when it comes to settlement. In estimating how much your case is worth, many factors need to be considered. First, if the other driver is 100% liable, you can seek damages for your medical bills. You can also seek damages for loss of wages and property damage. These are termed economic losses, as they are financial losses you incurred as a result of the accident or injury. While these sums are easily calculated, other parts of your claim, such as pain and suffering, cannot be readily assessed. When making a claim for economic losses, the claimant, or plaintiff if a lawsuit has been filed, can submit documentation of their expenses and costs. Usually, when making a claim for non-economic losses such as pain and suffering, the amount is not exact, nor is it made with the presumption the liable party will pay it on first glance. A claim for damages to an insurance company is called a demand. A demand usually will include a ledger of financial losses sustained as a result of the accident or injury, along with some information regarding the medical treatment the injured party completed. Since there is no standard formula to arrive at an exact value for pain and suffering, a suggested amount may be included or it may be left up to the insurance adjuster to decide or to the jury, if a lawsuit is filed and goes to trial. The value of the pain and suffering portion of your settlement will reflect your total economic costs to some extent but is not necessarily determined by it.
Consult with an experienced personal injury attorney if you want to get a better idea of what you can expect to recover, either under ideal or less than ideal circumstances. An experienced attorney should be able to give you an estimate of what similar cases have settled for, however, they cannot guarantee your case will have the same outcome. Remember, it is usually not up to you what you are awarded for your pain and suffering. For this reason, it is especially beneficial to have an attorney assist you in making your claim for non-economic damages, as they will know the ways in which you can present your case to the insurance company in order to receive a full and fair settlement.
The experienced lawyers at Blackburn & Green want to help you get fair compensation for your personal injury claim. At Blackburn & Green, we will look out for your future interests and will fight for your rights to obtain you an outcome you are satisfied with. We offer free initial consultations at one of our office locations or at your home or hospital room. Call (800) 444-1112 or (260) 422-4400 to be connected with one of our 25 convenient office locations across Indiana or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation. Contact Blackburn & Green for knowledgeable and caring legal counsel on your personal injury case today.