It is natural to wonder about the value of a potential legal claim, particularly if your injury was caused by someone else’s negligence. You may seek compensation for your injuries and other losses under California law. However, determining the value of your case depends on a variety of factors. Consultation with a seasoned personal injury attorney is the simplest way to determine how much compensation you may be entitled to.
In the event that you sustain a personal injury, you may be eligible for a variety of financial compensations, depending on the nature of your injury. Compensatory damages, which can include both economic and non-economic damages, and punitive damages, which are the two types of damages that are awarded the most frequently, are the two types of damages that are awarded the most frequently.
Compensatory damages are designed to help you cover financial and non-financial costs related to your injury, such as:
- Medical expenses.
- Lost earnings if you aren’t able to return to work.
- Pain and suffering, including emotional trauma and mental anguish.
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
- Funeral and burial expenses in cases involving wrongful death.
Punitive damages are intended to “punish” the at-fault party for their egregious recklessness or gross negligence that led to the accident. A judge may award punitive damages to convey that such conduct will not be tolerated.
Numerous variables can affect the amount of compensation you receive in a personal injury claim. An experienced personal injury attorney will have the knowledge and experience required to calculate your damages.
It can be particularly difficult to assign a dollar amount to non-financial damages such as pain and suffering, so you should never accept an insurance company’s settlement offer until a lawyer has reviewed your claim.
Common factors that go into calculating damages include:
- Medical bills
- Severity of the injury(s)
- How the injury impacted your daily life
- Who can be held liable?
- Whether you share any fault for the accident
- Insurance policy limits
- Your age
- Your general health and any pre-existing conditions
If you can successfully pursue and win a claim for full and fair compensation following an accident, you may be able to avoid having additional physical and emotional suffering caused by financial difficulties. Working with an experienced personal injury attorney who will fight for justice when you need it the most is your best bet if you want to get the compensation you deserve for the harm you have suffered.
Our attorneys at 2H Law Firm have the experience and resources necessary to conduct an exhaustive investigation into the accident, collect important evidence to support your claim, determine liability, and aggressively pursue the maximum amount of compensation on your behalf. You can reach us by phone at (619) 374-9320. We offer free consultations, so please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your case.