Not all personal injuries warrant filing a lawsuit or claim, but if the accident would not have happened except for the negligence of another person, filing a claim could be the best way to recover compensation for your injuries.
To decide if you want to file a claim, it is natural to wonder how much you may be able to recover. It is difficult to make any generalizations about the value of cases because each is very different. That is why it is a good idea to talk to a personal injury attorney early on; he is experienced with many types of accident cases and may be able to give you some guidance about what similar cases as your have resulted in compensation in the past.
To determine what the claim could be worth, the first thing the personal injury attorney will look at are your actual damages. These also are called economic damages. These include your:
The other part of the claim your attorney will review with you are your non-economic damages. These are more difficult to calculate; your attorney will review similar cases to your in your area to provide you an idea of what you may be entitled to:
Your attorney can help you to arrive at a ballpark estimate for your injury claim, but the exact amount cannot be assured until the case has been settled or a verdict reached.