Most people who decide to sue for a personal injury want to know at the beginning how much money they can expect from their case. However, it can be difficult or even impossible to know how much a case is worth at the beginning because of the number of factors that are involved in determining a personal injury settlement.
If you lost a limb in an accident, and it’s proven that the other party was at fault and has ample assets and/or insurance to pay your damages, you should receive money for all of your medical expenses that you will incur during your lifetime as a result of the accident.
You should also receive money for the wages you have lost because of your injury. If you are totally or partially disabled as a result of the accident, you should also receive compensation for the future wages you will be unable to earn.
Compensation for medical expenses and lost wages will go a long way towards helping your financial picture, but won’t really compensate you for what you have suffered.
You will also be entitled to money for your pain and suffering and emotional damages. Losing a limb is a traumatic event, and you should be compensated for the suffering you have incurred as a result. Your family members may be entitled to compensation as well.
There are many factors that could prevent you from receiving a large settlement, however. If you were partially at fault for the accident, your award will probably be reduced.
If there are other problems with your case, you probably will not be able to expect as large of a settlement as you would otherwise.
As you can see, there are many factors that must be taken into account in determining a personal injury award. It’s critical that you hire a personal injury attorney to help with such a complex case.
I am an attorney as well as an amputee, and I enjoy helping accident victims with their legal cases.
Call me, Amputation Attorney Conal Doyle at 310-385-0567 to schedule your free consultation.