If you’ve been injured in a car accident, motorcycle accident, or any other type of accident, and you’re considering filing a personal injury claim, you may be wondering, “How much is my case worth?”
The answer is based on “damages.” What did the accident cost you—monetarily, physically and mentally? In some cases, damages are also based on whether or not the defendant’s conduct should be punished.
Most damages are considered “compensatory,” and are intended to compensate you for what happened during the incident. This means putting a dollar figure on all that resulted from the accident. Some compensatory damages are relatively simple to quantify, like repair costs, medical costs, lost wages, etc. Others, such as physical suffering, emotional damage, or the loss of abilities, can be much more difficult.
In cases where the defendant’s conduct is outrageously careless or purposely hurtful, you may also receive “punitive” damages for your case. Punitive damages are used as a means to punish the defendant for his or her conduct.
Many factors are considered when determining the monetary value of damages, and some of them include your actions as the injured person. The defendant may argue that you’re partially at fault for the accident. The court will also consider whether or not you took appropriate measures to mitigate damages. For example, if you waited two weeks to see a doctor about your broken foot, the court may decide you’re partially to blame for its current state.
Call Collier & Collier, P.C.
Every case is different. At the Richmond law firm of Collier & Collier, we’ll help you seek compensation for all damages possible. Give us a call at 804-364-5200 right now, and learn more about your case. The consultation is free.