Putting a monetary number on a car accident claim is much more of an art than a science. There are several factors that go into determining what a claim is worth and there are no two cases that are exactly alike.
The value of your claim is going to be affected by the extent and nature of your injuries, if you lost any time at work, how strong the evidence is, whether or not you had a part in causing the accident and how much insurance is available to cover the damages.
If you want to get the best estimate regarding the value of your claim, then you need to speak with a personal injury lawyer. A lawyer will be able to use their knowledge and experience to provide you the most accurate valuation of your car accident claim.
Damages You are Legally Allowed to Claim after a Car Accident
There are certain types of compensation that you are able to claim when you are injured in a car accident. The attorney you hire can help you determine what types of compensation may be available. Some of the damages you can expect to recover include:
- Medical bills: This includes all medical bills related to the injury now and in the future.
- Lost income: If the injury causes you to lose time at work, you can be compensated for the pay you are unable to earn.
- Pain and suffering: Your lawyer will work with the other party to determine a fair amount based on the injuries you suffered.
- Disability and disfigurement: Any long-term effect of the injury may be able to qualify to receive compensation.
- Loss of normal life: If the injury results in some part of your normal life being affected, you may be able to receive compensation.
Comparative Negligence in a Car Accident Case
In the state of Florida, a principle that is called comparative negligence is used to determine how much monetary compensation is provided in a car accident case. This means that a jury is going to reduce the award an accident victim receives in a manner that is proportional to your own negligence in the accident, if any.
The reason this is used is to ensure the person who is considered liable should only be responsible for the amount of the accident that was their fault. This means if a jury determines that there was something you did or failed to do that accounted for 25 percent of the fault for the injuries you suffered, then the award you would be entitled to would be reduced by 25 percent.
If you are injured in a car accident and need help making an injury claim, you should hire a Florida car accident attorney. To learn more, you can contact our team of attorneys at Leifer Law Firm by calling 561-395-8055.