Scope and Severity of Injuries
- Lost income
- Medical bills
- Cost of medication
- Physical therapy bills
- Costs of replacement services, such as lawn mowing or other chores you cannot complete due to your injuries
- Other out-of-pocket costs directly related to your injuries
Determining “general damages,” such as emotional distress and pain and suffering is usually a bit more difficult. This is because there is no objective way to measure such damages. In most cases, once you fully recover from your injuries, you can add an amount totaling one to two times the amount of your special damages to compensate you for pain and suffering. Potentially disabling injuries that result in an excessive amount of pain and suffering may be calculated at a much higher rate. However, these calculations are merely general estimates. Each case is different from the next, which is why it is important to discuss your specific circumstances with a qualified attorney.
Type of Medical Treatment Received
For this reason, your medical records and bills are valuable evidence that should be kept organized and forwarded to your attorney. Videos, photographs and police reports are also very helpful. This is true regardless of whether or not the case goes to trial or is settled through out-of-court negotiations. Statements from credible witnesses go a long way toward proving your case as well. It is also a good idea to obtain time clock records or a statement from your employer if your injuries affected your work attendance. Even a personal diary about the injury, your pain, and the various stages of your recovery can be introduced as compelling evidence.
Location of the Accident
If you believe you deserve personal injury compensation, it is never wise to attempt to handle your claim without assistance. Rather, you should contact one of our qualified attorneys at the Bodden & Bennett Law Group and enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing your case is in the hands of an expert.