Being hurt in an accident is a scary, confusing and frustrating. Besides the possibility of being hurt and unable to work, car accident victims may also have problems related to unpaid medical bills, lost wages and a general lack of experience in knowing their options for moving forward and what they can expect for their possible future compensation.
It is common for accident victims to want to know the potential value of their injury case. It would be wrong for an attorney to communicate to a prospective client or anyone else a guess or estimate of the potential value of their injury case. Even a rough “ball park” figure is something that should not be expressed. We caution everyone that is evaluating their options for legal representation to please exercise care with anyone that does this or expresses any guarantee of any kind of result.
Besides the ethical problems of enticing potential clients with promises or guarantees, every case is different and there are many, many factors that will effect a possible settlement or trial verdict. Legal professionals with experience in handling personal injury claims must fully evaluate a client’s evidence, injuries, insurance, bills, records and much more before ever being able to assess any potential compensation scenarios. To best serve a potential client that is investigating their options for hiring a personal injury attorney, it is more accurate and ethical to discuss with them the types of damages that they may be able to recover.
If you have been involved in a car accident, here are the types of damages that you may be able to recover.
A personal injury claim involves the medical expenses incurred by the victim. An element of every personal injury case is that the incident caused injury and that damages resulted from that injury. A victim may be compensated for past, current and future medical bills related to the accident.
Loss of Income
If the injuries sustained in the accident are severe enough that a person is unable to work, the at-fault party may be held responsible for compensating the victim for lost wages. Economic damages can be very difficult to understand and speaking to an experienced attorney about past and future lost earnings from an accident or injury is something that injury victims should consider.
Pain and Suffering
Some injuries will linger after a car accident or other serious injury and some may get worse. When this occurs, you could be compensated for the persistent discomfort you experience. Because pain and suffering is not based on receipts or pay stubs, the exact amount a person may be entitled to will vary depending on the unique circumstances and facts of their case.
When a person is involved in a car accident or other serious injury case, they may experience stress, anxiety or other mental health problems that may continue long after the accident or initial injury occurred. Those issues may include but are not limited to fear, anxiety or depression that results from the accident or injury. Attorneys will often argue for compensation for clients that have received diagnosis’ and treatment for these types of damages.
Loss of Enjoyment
When you and your family have to make alterations to your lifestyle because of injuries sustained in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation for loss of enjoyment. Like pain and suffering and emotional damages, the amount of compensation paid for the loss of enjoyment will vary on a case by case basis.
When a person is involved in a car accident, they should not have to suffer. These unexpected hardships can be devastating to an individual or family. If you have been involved in an accident and suffered an injury, speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer that will fight for you by your side.
If your accident occurred in Charlotte or anywhere else in North Carolina, reach out to our team. We will review the details of your case and advise you of your possible options. You may be entitled to the damages described above. Call our office today to schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation.