You’ve suffered a serious injury in an accident. You are facing a long road to recovery. You’ll likely be out of work for some time. Given all of these challenges, you may be contemplating whether it’s worth pursuing compensation through a personal injury claim. Is your claim going to be worth the legal trouble?
You may be eligible to recover different types of damages
For most people, their immediate concerns following a serious accident involve medical expenses and replacing damaged property, such as a motor vehicle. While these concerns should never be overlooked, they are not the only damages that may be included as part of a personal injury claim. There are other categories of damages which must be considered, including:
- Future medical costs: When you’re laid up in the hospital, your mind may wander to how much all of this treatment is going to cost you. This is a normal concern. However, you should also account for anticipated future medical expenses. Will you require ongoing rehabilitation? Will you require temporary or permanent assistance from a home health aide? Will you need to retrofit your home for medical equipment? It’s important to put together estimated future medical costs as part of any comprehensive personal injury claim.
- Diminished earning capacity and lost wages: Your injuries may keep you away from work for an extended period, resulting in lost wages. Your injuries may be so severe that you’ll be unable to return to your previous job. You will want to factor these concerns into your pursuit of compensation.
- Pain and suffering: Medical expenses and lost wages are calculable. Damages for pain and suffering are another story. However, you still deserve to be compensated for your physical pain and emotional harm. Providing evidence of physical and mental struggles following an accident is crucial to recovering compensation for pain and suffering. Expert testimony concerning your limitations can go a long way toward strengthening your claim.
Legal costs should not be your primary concern
You might be reluctant to file a personal injury claim because you are worried about legal costs. Most attorneys take personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means a percentage of your settlement will go towards attorney’s fees. You will owe nothing if your attorney fails to recover compensation on your behalf. You should discuss any fee structure with a lawyer before deciding to move forward with your claim.