This is one of the most common questions asked by injured victims, but it is also one of the hardest to answer particularly in the early stages of a case. While it is impossible to predict the outcome of the settlement process, there are many factors that together determine the value of a case and reasons for settling. A few of these factors include:
- The actual amount of all of your medical bills. This includes immediate hospital and doctor bills, and also longer range medical expenses like physical therapy and medications.
- How much income and other benefits were lost as a result of your injury. Will this injury impact future employment and earning capacity?
- Are any of the injuries sustained permanent? Long-term injury or permanent disfigurement such as scars, blemishes and other physical disabilities should also be considered.
- The psychological impact has your injury has had on your daily life. Loss of sleep, anxiety, fear and depression are common are severe injuries and may be compensable and part of a settlement negotiation. In certain cases, an injured victim may be able to recover for severe emotional distress caused by another individual who intentionally or recklessly inflicted emotional distress by behaving in an extreme and outrageous way.
It is important to wait until all of the information related to your case has been collected and you have recovered or almost recovered from your injury to make decisions about settling your case.
Please contact us for a consultation to discuss your injury case.
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