One question our clients ask us often is how much their case is worth, and, “how much can I expect to receive?” You need to know that these cases are complex, and no two claims are ever the same, so there’s no clear answer regarding the claim’s value.
Many factors play a role in how much you can recover, which makes the evidence you obtain and the steps you take after an accident so crucial to your claim. Here are some of the factors involved, so you know what to expect.
The Severity of Your Injuries
The more severe your injuries are, the more you may be able to recover in terms of economic and non-economic damages. These damages factor in the costs of medical equipment, treatment, ongoing care, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. The more severe your injuries, the more you can expect to pay for these losses.
Compensation should also factor in the long-term impact these injuries can have on your life as non-economic damages.
The Level of Negligence
In some situations, when a person is more negligent than others, the claim’s value can increase. For instance, some situations may be considered an accident. However, if there is malice, you may receive exemplary damages for your harm. This compensation is not economic or non-economic damages; instead, they are to punish the wrongdoer for his or her actions.
The Attorney Fees
In most situations, you are working with a personal injury attorney on a contingency fee basis. This agreement means you only pay if and when you receive compensation. The fee is a percentage of the amount you recover, so the total amount you receive would factor into the cost of legal representation.
In any situation, maximizing the potential compensation you receive requires strong legal counsel. At Briggle & Polan, PLLC, we look at all factors involved to determine the value of your case. Our Austin car accident attorneys are on your side every step of the way.