If you have been injured in an accident, you may start to wonder how much you will be awarded if you filed suit. One of the most common questions our firm gets is regarding personal injury awards. Clients want to know what their award will look like. Unfortunately, there is no way to predict what your award will be. It depends on many factors that we will discuss in this article. If you would like a more specific answer, feel free to call our office and set up a free consultation to discuss your case.
The extent of Your Injuries
The amount you will receive in a personal injury award depends on the extent of the injuries you sustained in the accident. Someone who broke their arm will likely receive less than someone who sustained a severe brain injury. The court takes into account the pain, suffering, recovery time, and lasting disability that you may have from your injury. For example, if you broke your arm badly, and will have long-term pain and be unable to fully recover, you will get more compensation than someone who broke a bone and healed fully.
The court also takes into consideration your property damages. If you were involved in a car accident, you probably have considerable property damage. Your car may be totaled, resulting in thousands or tens of thousands of dollars in damages. However, if you were involved in a bike accident, your damages may be less.
Lost Wages & Bills
If you were injured in a construction accident, you may have had to take some time off of work to recover. If your job involves a lot of physical labor, you may be out for a long time. You can recover lost wages in your personal injury award or settlement. You may also be awarded coverage of all your medical bills that you had to pay stemming from the accident. This can include doctors visits, physical therapy, and more.