Each case is different. Even ones that sound the same or similar have a variety of components and variables that the court must factor in to come to a decision. When it comes to what will be awarded in an accident case, your accident attorney can help set a realistic expectation.
Big Accident Awards
Big accidents can include ones where there is significant damage, such as those involving a semi-truck and a vehicle, or in a motorcycle accident where the rider has significant injuries. Other big accidents can involve fatalities. When injury or death occurs through no fault of their own, the victim, and/or the victim’s family, can be compensated for the loss.
Because recovering from a large accident can take a long time, contacting an injury lawyer early is important for the getting the money you need to cover the costs.
Small Accident Awards
Often in small accidents, victims may choose to quickly accept the settlement offer from the insurance company so they can pay their bills. While sometimes this is an appropriate choice, other times it is overly simplified and short sighted. Even in a minor accident, concussions, whiplash, traumatic brain injuries or other problems develop, and the victim isn’t able to get the additional compensation needed for the medical care they require.
It is important to speak to an accident attorney to determine if the settlement the insurance company has offered is enough for your current and future needs.
What Can be Awarded in an Accident Case
All cases are different and depend on if you are the driver or passenger, the extent of the property damage and injuries. Some compensation is cut and dry, while others are more subjective and can’t be determined up front.
Medical bills. Medical expenses for not just current care, but future care will be considered, including rehabilitation, loss of certain abilities (such as loss of a limb or function of a body part), and more.
Job loss. When you are out of work due to an accident, it doesn’t take long for bills to begin to pile up. Compensation can be awarded for the loss of income while regaining health. In addition, compensation can be awarded if you aren’t able to return to your normal work activities. For example, if you are no longer able to lift and carry weight which was a primary function of your job, and you now need to work in an office at a lower rate of pay, you may be able to be compensated for that difference.
Property damage. If your vehicle has been totaled or needs repairs following an accident, you may receive money to replace or fix it. If other property has been damaged, ask about the replacement/repair of that as well.
Pain and suffering. There are a few terms that fall under the umbrella of emotional injury including suffering, the loss of companionship or joy. Because this is subjective (unlike medical bills that have a specific number attached to the care), it can really change the amount you can be awarded in an accident case.
Don’t simply choose an accident lawyer because they promise a huge award, but rather choose one who is honest with you and has proven results with accident cases. Simon Law Group in Phoenix, Arizona has been serving injured clients for over 20 years. We will support you in getting the compensation you deserve after an accident. Contact us today for your free consultation, and remember, Experience Matters!]]>