How Much Is My Sacramento Personal Injury Claim Worth?
If you have been hurt in an accident that someone else caused, it’s natural to wonder how much your case might be worth. Determining the amount of money you can claim can be difficult, but it is possible with a basic understanding of Sacramento’s personal injury laws.
Determining the true worth of your claim can help you make good decisions about how to move forward with your case. In all likelihood, any settlement offer made by the insurance will be a lowball offer, so you should always have a full assessment of your claim’s value performed before accepting anything.
Determining the worth of your case always starts with determining negligence. In order to seek damages, you must be able to prove how the at-fault party was responsible for causing the accident that led to your personal injury.
This negligence is often unintentional. A driver who speeds through a stop sign isn’t necessarily intending to hit someone but could be determined to have been negligent because he or she should have paid attention to the rules of the road.
Determining fault can be extremely complex and is best handled by a lawyer. As a general rule, Sacramento’s court system recognizes both cause-in-fact and proximate negligence (direct and indirect). If the party in question either did or failed to do something that led to the accident, they are most likely negligent.
Valuing your personal injury claim will begin with assessing all of the financial expenses and losses you have incurred because of the injury. This will include your medical bills, but it’s important to make certain that your future medical needs are accounted for, as well. If you’re likely to need a surgical procedure because of your accident-related injuries three years down the road, the cost needs to be factored into your settlement.
Other financial losses are as follows:
- Lost wages and income necessitated by your recovery
- Caretaker and travel expenses
- Modifications made to your home of vehicle to accommodate a new disability
- Property damage and vehicle repair
- Medication and mobility equipment
Getting compensated for your non-economic damages is also important. These are losses that represent how your quality of life has been negatively impacted by your personal injury.
Non-economic damages include items such as the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Lost companionship
- Lost sexual function
- Lost enjoyment of life
- Emotional distress
If the accident was caused by malice or truly egregious conduct, you might also receive punitive damages that are awarded as punishment to the at-fault party.
Help from a Sacramento Personal Injury Attorney
After experiencing a personal injury, you almost certainly have questions about how to proceed. It’s always best to contact a personal injury attorney from Crowell Law Offices to help determine your next step forward.
To schedule a free, no-pressure case evaluation, call us at 916-303-2800 or fill out the form at the bottom of the page. Don’t let an insurance company or opposing attorney lowball your settlement; instead, find out what your claim is truly worth.