If you have unfortunately suffered injuries from a car accident, slip and fall incident, or any other type of accident, you’re probably facing a lot of questions about your near future. If your injuries were serious, you are probably considering filing a lawsuit. It’s expected to have the concern: “what is my case actually worth?” People want to know how much time and effort they will have to put into a case, and if it will all be worth it in order to gain full compensation.
In order to determine how much your case is worth, there’s one thing you’ll have to calculate: damages. Damages will include what your injuries cost you financially, mentally, and physically. In personal injury cases, monetary damages are paid to the injured person by the person or company who is found to be responsible, which is the defendant or their insurer.
Monetary damages are also “compensatory” damages, which means that their intention is to compensate the injured person for what was lost due to the injury or accident. Sometimes compensatory damages are easy to quantify and put a dollar amount to, especially if it’s a reimbursement for medical bills or any property damages. Pain and suffering, however, is much more difficult to place a monetary value on. When it comes to pain and suffering, you and your personal injury attorney will work together to collect proof of things such as emotional distress, loss of enjoyment, and loss of consortium (negative impact on plaintiff’s relationships).
Punitive damages are another type of damages that will help you calculate if your case is worth a lawsuit. These damages are different than compensatory damages because their goal is to punish the defendant for their careless or negligent behavior that could have caused your injury.
In conclusion, knowing if your injury case is worth a lawsuit depends on many different circumstances. Once you determine the different damages that are related to your case, and which ones can be quantified and which ones will need alternate proof, you’ll have a good estimate. Contact our California personal injury law firm to get more information for your case today.