Determining What Your Claim is Worth
The majority of car accident victims believe filing a claim involves adding up their medical bills and asking the insurance company to reimburse them. Most victims unfamiliar with the legal process will underestimate the value of their personal injury claim. Your car accident damages may include so much more than just the medical bills for injuries Damages may include:
All Medical Costs
Medical costs can include more than just doctor’s bills. Transportation to and from physical therapy sessions, medications, and other emergency situations can also be included. The costs of renting crutches or a wheelchair, for example, should be covered. If you drove to and from all of your medical appointments, you can also seek compensation for gas and mileage. Last but not least, do not disregard the possibility of future medical treatment. There are some injuries that require ongoing treatment for many years after the claim is settled, which means you will need to estimate your future medical expenses.
You may not be able to work as a result of car accident injuries for a period of time. Perhaps you will have to stay in the hospital or rest at home for a few days or weeks depending on your injuries. It may also be difficult for you to perform your usual job duties. Both cases can result in significant income losses after an accident. If you suffer long-term impairments as a result of your rideshare accident, you may never be able to return to your previous job or your previous income level. Loss of earnings in the future may also be considered in the value of your claim.
Pain and Suffering
This type of loss is intangible and harder to estimate. Accident victims often experience considerable physical pain as a result of their injuries. You may be unable to do your favorite activities if you experience such pain, and even painkillers may hold serious risks for your well-being. Mental and emotional health can also be affected by pain and limitations caused by injuries. The pain, suffering, and lasting injuries that resulted from the crash can be compensated.
Calandro Law uses experts to ensure we are properly calculating the damages we claim for you. You may end up accepting a settlement offer that is much too low if you try to calculate the value of your case yourself. One more reason why having a skilled attorney on your side is crucial.