Q: How can I tell if the vehicle accident settlement I have been offered is fair?
Receiving the vehicle accident settlement you deserve depends upon your ability to properly value your claim. There are numerous factors impacting the value of your claim, including your location, the severity of your injuries, and the degree of negligence of the parties involved.
Evaluating Your Claim
As with many personal injury cases, your claim may be resolved via a settlement. However, before your case can reach the settlement stage, you must first submit a demand to the insurance company. To recover the maximum possible value for your case, you need an attorney experienced in:
- Personal injury law. A personal injury attorney will know the laws that apply to your particular case, so you don’t have to research and learn about complex statutes and regulations. While many cases are settled before trial, some are not. Sometimes the only way to ensure that you receive fair compensation for your injuries is to take your case into the courtroom. This requires an attorney with extensive personal injury trial experience.
- Evaluating medical expenses. An experienced attorney knows how to help you find, collect, and present the documentation you need in order to prove your medical expenses. Any medical care you receive to treat the injuries you’ve sustained due to the accident will typically be included in your damages. This amount is likely to factor heavily into the calculation of non-economic damages.
- Non-economic damages. Your personal injury attorney knows how to help you place a value on losses that may be difficult to quantify, such as pain and suffering. These damages are intended to compensate you for the emotional distress your injuries have caused, and determining an appropriate amount may require extensive research and a lot of experience.
Don’t Gamble With Your Future
Determining the value of a personal injury claim is complicated and difficult, and it requires a knowledgeable and experienced attorney. To learn more about what the law offices of Steve M. Lee, P.C., can do for you, visit us on Facebook.