Determining the worth of your personal injury case depends on several factors including the total monetary amount of your losses, who was at fault and the defendant’s conduct. The courts analyze these three factors together when considering what monetary value should be awarded to the plaintiff.
The total monetary amount of your losses should account for the damages you incurred. The purpose of compensating victims for their injuries is to make them financially “whole” again. It is difficult to try to put a monetary value on the various damages you’ve incurred, but an experienced personal injury attorney can help. The most obvious financial losses include medical bills, lost wages and property losses. You may also be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress or other losses.
Who or what was at fault for your accident plays a large role in how much compensation you are entitled to. If you are at fault or contributed to the accident, then it’s likely that your compensation will be reduced. Comparative negligence means that the damages you’re entitled to decreases according to your degree of fault.
In some cases, your personal injury case may be worth more because of the defendant’s behavior. Punitive damages are frequently used in addition to any compensatory damages when the defendant has been overly negligent. Punitive damages are meant to financially punish the defendant for their behavior in the hopes that they will be deterred in the future. Courts often award punitive damages in hit and run cases that result in serious injury.
If you are curious about pursuing a personal injury case, then it’s crucial that you speak with an experienced attorney. The well-versed attorneys at Proner & Proner will help fight for not only your full financial recovery but for any pain and suffering that you may have endured. Contact our firm at 212-500-1003 to learn more about how our lawyers can help you.
The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney/client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.
Get your free case evaluation