If you have been injured in an accident, one of the first questions you will want answered is, “How much is my case worth?” A personal injury case is extremely complex. First, you must determine if you have an actionable claim against the person or entity that is legally responsible for your injuries. Then you need to determine if the compensation you can expect to receive justifies the time and expense of filing a lawsuit.
The amount you will receive from a successful resolution of your case is intended to compensate you for the damages you have suffered or will suffer in the future as a result of your injury. The purpose is to make you “whole,” to put you in the same position you would have been in if there had never been an accident. You could theoretically receive compensation for the negative impact from the accident on literally any aspect of your life.
What Can I Be Compensated For?
An injured plaintiff is generally entitled to receive compensation for the following damages:
Medical expenses – expenses you have already incurred and the estimated cost of future medical care
Loss of income – income you’ve already lost because of an inability to work due to the accident plus the money you would have been able to make in the future
Loss of enjoyment/consortium – compensation for the inability to enjoy the pleasures of day-to-day life, including exercise, hobbies, and activities with children and/or spouse
Property loss – fair market value of any property lost or damaged in the accident
Pain and suffering – pain and suffering you experienced during and after the accident as well as ongoing and future pain and suffering as a result of the accident
Punitive damages – not based on actual damages to the plaintiff, but designed to punish the defendant for improper conduct
There are no hard and fast rules for determining the damages in an individual lawsuit. That is why it is essential to consult an experienced Kansas City personal injury attorney to review your case. At Wendt Law Firm P.C., our experienced legal team will analyze the facts of your case and provide you with an estimate of your potential damages. We will help you determine the likely outcome of your lawsuit, as well as the chances of recovering the amount owed to you from the responsible party or their insurance company.
Contact us today for a free consultation. We will only receive a fee in the event of a successful resolution of your case. And if you don’t need a lawyer, we’ll tell you that, too.