After someone else causes you to sustain an injury, it is only natural to wonder how much you could get from them if you pursued a personal injury claim. Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the value of personal injury cases can vary widely from client to client.
The value of your case depends on the losses you sustained as a result of your injury – if you suffered a broken arm, you can collect less than if you had suffered a disabling spinal cord injury. The following are some examples of common damages in personal injury claims.
Medical bills – You can seek compensation for all of the costs of your past and future medical treatment that was needed for your injury. It is relatively simple to calculate past medical expenses, as you just need to add up all of the bills you have received. Calculating your future estimated costs of treatment can be more challenging, however, and you may require the opinion of a medical expert to assist in this calculation, especially if your future care will be extensive.
Lost income – Similar to medical bills, you can seek damages for the income you have already lost from missing work, as well as future lost earnings if you still cannot work due to your injuries. Paystubs, time sheets, and other records can prove your past lost wages and can help estimate future lost wages if you have an idea of how long you will be out of work. If your injury will prevent you from ever returning to work, you will need the help of economic and vocational experts to determine the extent of your lost earning ability.
Intangible losses – In addition to the above tangible losses, you can also recover for intangible damages, including:
These often come into play in cases involving more serious injuries and the value can significantly vary from case to case.
No matter how much your personal injury case is worth, the personal injury attorneys at McEwen & Kestner, PLLC will always strive to get you the maximum amount of compensation that is possible in your case. For a free case evaluation, please call our Minnesota office at 651-224-3833 today.