How Much is Your Case Worth?

A Look at Damages in Personal Injury Cases When considering a personal injury lawsuit a common question arises, “What is my case worth?” Each case is unique because of individual factors but the answer comes down to damages– determining what your injuries have cost you monetarily, physically, mentally, and, in some cases, whether the defendant’s actions were severe enough to warrant additional punishment. In a personal injury case, damages are paid to the injured person (known as the plaintiff) by the person or company who is found to be legally responsible (known as the defendant or insurer). Damages can be awarded in a couple of different ways: an award can be agreed upon after a settlement negotiated by the parties involved, insurance companies, or attorneys. Or, an award may be granted by a judge or jury following a court trial. Compensatory Damages in Personal Injury Cases Most personal injury damages are considered “compensatory”. This type of damage award is meant to make the injured plaintiff “whole again” from a monetary standpoint. In some cases compensatory damages are easy to determine such as when a car is damaged in an accident, for example. But, other injuries are harder to place monetary value on, like pain and suffering or the inability to enjoy hobbies because of long-term accident-related injuries. There are many types of compensatory damages. Here is a short explanation of the more common types in a personal injury case. Medical Treatment: Personal injury cases almost always award the cost of […]