What is a Personal Injury Case Actually Worth?

What is a Personal Injury Case Actually Worth?

After getting injured in an accident, most people usually ask about the worth of their case. What most people need to understand is that every personal injury case is different and therefore worth a different amount.

However, all of these cases have some things in common. Those things involve the eligibility to file compensation for the:

  • Medical bills (present and future)
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disability
  • Lost wages and earning potential

The only way to really learn how much money you can get from a personal injury case is to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Pittsburgh. Once you schedule your free consultation and tell the attorney what happened, how it happened and what caused the accident, you will receive a better insight into how much you could really expect to receive if your claim is successful.

Here are some things that all personal injury cases have in common.

Compensatory Damages

Almost all personal injury damages can be classified as “compensatory”. The plaintiff could seek compensation for those damages, and the purpose of this compensation is to make the plaintiff satisfied and allow them to continue with their lives again.

Some damages are easy to reimburse. These include:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Property damage (car repairs)

However, it may be difficult putting a price on pain and suffering, physical and mental limitations and other problems caused by the accident. For that reason, many attorneys use special formulas to determine how much money the injured individual could receive from the accident. The following is taken into consideration:

  • Emotional Distress: these damages are meant to compensate the injured individual for all psychological injuries suffered from and after the accident. These include anxiety, fear, sleep disorder, eating disorder, loss of focus and depression.
  • Loss of enjoyment of life: if the accident caused you to not be able to enjoy the same luxuries of life as before, you can seek compensation for your loss of enjoyment. This includes not being able to enjoy your hobbies, everyday activities, recreational activities, and exercise.
  • Loss of Consortium: these damages refer to any changes that you have in your marriage following the accident. Basically, if you and your spouse are unable to maintain a sexual relationship, cannot communicate properly, have problems with your intimacy, or any other change following the accident, you can seek compensation for the loss of consortium.

Another thing that could affect the size of your compensation is comparative negligence. What if, after a careful and thorough investigation, the other party’s attorneys are able to prove that you are also at fault? If and when that happens, you will receive a reduced compensation, based on the percentage of your fault.

Contact Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman today, and schedule your free initial consultation with seasoned and knowledgeable personal injury lawyer in Pittsburgh. He will help answer all your questions, explain to you how much you can expect to receive from your compensation, and represent your legal rights and best interests. Do not hesitate to call!