If you are hurt in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident and would like
to bring a claim against the person who negligently harmed you, you will
naturally want to have an idea of the value of your claim and what sort
of compensation you can expect to receive in a settlement or at trial.
Due to the fact that injured victims can experience a varying range of
injuries and damages, it is difficult to provide a precise number about
the worth of any claim without first analyzing the unique circumstances
and factors involved in your case. Generally, however, courts will consider
a victim's physical, emotional, and financial damages when determining
the amount of compensation to award. Depending on the case, especially
if an auto accident results in wrongful death, the court may also take
the damages experienced by a victim's family into account. In any
case, though, the major factors that determine the value of a personal
injury claim are:
• How easily you can prove the accident was the defendant's fault, and
• The extent of your damages
Sometimes, liability is easy to clearly establish because the defendant
admits fault. In other cases, you will need an experienced personal injury
attorney to conduct investigations, including the questioning of a defendant
and various witnesses. As to damages, this will depend upon the severity
of your injuries, plus your past medical expenses, lost work wages and
future earnings, and how doctors expect your health to be in the future.
If the defendant acting was committing a negligent act or traffic violation
at the time of your accident – including driving under the influence,
texting while driving, or fleeing a scene – these factors will have
no direct effect on the value of your case. They can, however, aid in
cases in which liability is disputed by providing additional evidence
that the other driver was at fault.
If you have any questions about the value of your personal injury claim
in relation to an auto accident, you should contact the Maryland personal
injury attorneys at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C.