After you’ve been in a car accident, you may be confused about how to pursue legal action, what to do to prepare for your case, and what type of settlement you can expect. While you may feel overwhelmed, you can help your case and estimate the value of your claim by gathering the right type of information.
What Is Your Accident Claim Worth?
You can estimate the value of your car accident claim by looking at the cost of the damages you incurred—in the same way an insurance company would value your claim. When building a case for your personal injury lawsuit, look at the following types of damages and their costs:
- Medical expenses. This includes any expenses you incurred to treat your injury. For example, if you had to see a chiropractor or needed to buy crutches, these would count as medical expenses. These expenses are important to monitor and record because they are used to help determine your total damages.
- Pain and suffering (emotional distress). Sustaining an injury from a car accident can leave you with emotional distress, anxiety, and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Emotional injuries are not as obvious as physical ones, but they are equally as important and should be included as damages.
- Lost income. Recovering from a serious car accident can take time away from your job and impact your earnings. Lost wages are an expense that should be included in your claim, as well as any lost future earnings.
- Property damages. This includes the value of property (such as your car) that was damaged in the accident.
If you’ve been in a car accident and suffered serious injuries, please don’t hesitate to contact Duffy & Feemster at (912) 236-6311. We’re here to help you get the financial recovery you deserve.