You’ve been in a car accident and you want to know how much money you can recover to pay for the damages. Unfortunately, putting a dollar amount on your accident is not easy.
It is dependent on several factors:
- The at-fault driver, if one can be determined
- The insurance of the at-fault driver
- Specific details about the accident
Insurance companies undervalue your claim as much as possible so they can minimize their costs. Although, most car accident claims settle long before going to trial, sometimes parties cannot agree on the value of a claim. In these cases, car accident victims may need to go to trial and let the court determine a claim’s value. Contact us to find out how much we think your accident is worth.
We can estimate your claim!
At the Law Office of Julie M. Essa, LLC, you can talk to attorneys with several years of experience dealing with car accident cases. The amount of money you can recover depends on many factors, as follows:
Medical Treatment Costs
After a car accident, your medical bills begin to add up immediately. In severe accidents, ambulances and paramedics can arrive on the scene to take you and any other injured people to the nearest hospital for medical attention. After accumulating steep bills for an ambulance ride and a visit to the emergency room, you might collect many more medical expenses, including:
- Diagnostic imaging and other lab tests
- Medical Provider bills
- Surgery and accompanying expenses such as surgical nursing staff,
supplies, and anesthesia
- Hospitalization for days or weeks, depending on the severity of your
- Follow-up visits and aftercare
A severe car accident often means missing work due to your injuries. In fact, the injuries could be so severe that you may not be able to return to your work immediately. If you have to miss any work at all as a result of your car accident injuries, we will include lost wages in your claim. If you suffered catastrophic injuries that prevent you from returning to your job or working elsewhere, we will also include estimated future lost income in the value of your car accident claim.
Severe injuries can take a toll on your body. The road to recovery can be long, taking months to heal. For many, rehabilitation is a major part of healing. Some of our clients spend so much time in a hospital bed that they lose muscle function in the area where they were injured and throughout their entire body. Physical therapy plays a large part in regaining muscle loss and helping accident victims increase any lost range of motion as a result of injuries.
Other clients suffer permanent injuries that interfere with performing daily tasks, therefore they need occupational therapy to help them learn how to cope with their injuries and learn new ways of doing things. Above all, the more intense and involved your rehabilitation plan, the more you deserve from your car accident claim.
Non- Economic Losses Included in the Value of Your Car Accident Claim
The financial consequences of a car collision only make up part of the losses you can collect. In addition, you will also need to physically deal with injuries, as well as deal with the emotional fallout.
Non-economic damages that can increase the value of your claim include:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Reduced quality of life
- Loss of consortium with a spouse, if applicable
- Scarring and disfigurement for severe injuries that leave permanent
Placing a value on the non-economic portions of a car accident claim poses challenges for lawyers, often related to the highly subjective nature of non-economic damages. We can typically pinpoint a range. We rely on expert opinions and past cases to guide them.
Importantly, three of the most crucial considerations that can affect the value of the non-economic portion of your car accident claim are the severity of your injury, the nature of your injury, and your likelihood for a full recovery.
Severity of Injury
Predictably, the more injuries you suffer in a car accident and the more severe they are, the higher the value of your claim. For instance, minor injuries often heal and do not require you to remain hospitalized for weeks or months. But, accident victims who suffer severe injuries such as back injuries, traumatic brain injuries, or spinal cord injuries miss massive amounts of work. In some cases, you could face permanent injuries that prevent you from returning to your job.
These catastrophic injuries often increase the value of a claim because they come with high amounts of non-economic costs.
Nature of Injury
Injuries that lead to lifelong discomfort and pain can also cause anger, humiliation, anxiety, and other negative emotions. In addition, serious injuries that can make a car accident claim worth more include anything that leaves permanent effects such as an amputation, severe scars or burns, or paralyzation, impairment, and disability of a body function.
Chances of Full Recovery
In fact, the value of your car accident claim will decrease if the physician treating you expects you to make a full recovery from your car accident injuries. However, if you have suffered a permanent disability or condition, or your chances for full recovery are low, your attorney will ask for more compensation from the insurance carrier involved in the accident claim. You should contact us for a free consultation to find out how much your accident is worth.
Why should I come in for a consultation?
1. It’s absolutely free!
You can meet with one of our highly experienced attorneys to discuss how much your accident is worth at no cost. In fact, unless we settle your claim, you do not have to pay us anything.
2. Expert Advice
3. Get paid more money
We know how to deal with stubborn insurance companies who don’t want to give you the compensation you deserve. If your claim does not settle, we can take it to court!
What types of accidents do you work with, generally all types?
- Sideswipe Collisions
- T-Bone Collisions
- Head-On Collisions
- Multi-Vehicle Pile-ups
- Vehicle Rollover
- Car Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Bus Accidents
- Whiplash Injuries
- Back and Neck Injuries
- Herniated Discs
- Broken Bones
- Head Trauma and Concussions
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries