Personal injuries can be extremely traumatic experiences that may have a significant impact on a person's physical, emotional, and financial well-being. The aftermath of an accident can be overwhelming, and seeking compensation can be a long and arduous process. Many individuals struggle with determining the value of their personal injury case and wonder what amount they are entitled to receive.
1. The Severity of Your Injuries
The extent of your injuries is the most critical factor in determining the value of your personal injury case. The severity of your injuries will be evaluated based on the treatment needed and the length of time for recovery. Medical records, hospital bills, and doctor's notes will be considered to determine the extent of your injuries. Severe injuries like broken bones, brain injury, spinal cord injury, and other life-threatening injuries will have a higher value as they require extensive medical treatment long-term rehabilitation, and may result in a permanent disability.
2. Lost Wages and Earning Capacity
Personal injury claims can also be based on lost wages and earnings capacity. If your injuries caused you to miss work and resulted in lost wages, you may be eligible for compensation. Your compensation will be based on the number of days missed from work, your hourly or daily wage, and any other income you lost. Additionally, if your injuries are permanent and affect your ability to work, you may be entitled to compensation for your future lost earnings.
3. Emotional Distress, Pain, and Suffering
Personal injuries often result in severe emotional distress, pain, and suffering. Suppose you are experiencing emotional trauma or pain and suffering due to your injuries. In that case, you may be eligible to recover compensation for these. Emotional distress claims include compensation for any anxiety, fear, shock, or other psychological issues you may have after your accident. Pain and suffering claims include any discomfort, physical pain, fatigue, and any other adverse effects your injuries are causing you.
4. Liability and Comparative Fault
If the other party involved in the accident is found to be liable for your injuries, they may be responsible for compensating you for your damages. However, if you were partially responsible for the accident, your compensation may be reduced based on your percentage of fault. In some states, you may not be entitled to compensation if you are 50% or more responsible for the accident.
Houston Personal Injury Lawyers
At Goldenzweig Law Group, PPLC, we specialize in personal injury cases and are dedicated to helping our clients understand their rights and receive the compensation they deserve. Contact us today at (713) 609-1930 to discuss your case and learn more about how we can assist you.