Personal Injury Blog

How much is your auto accident personal injury claim worth?

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.