If you are in an automobile collision with another person, you may still be able to recover for your injuries and damages, even if the accident was partially your fault. In some states, in order to recover, you must be able to prove that the other person's fault was greater than yours while a number of states do not have such a requirement. If you are found partially at fault, most states will require that the amount of compensation you receive will be reduced by your percentage of fault.
You are entitled to recover all the damages directly caused by your accident. Although every case is different and certain laws vary by state, generally, the law allows the victim of a personal injury to be compensated for:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future lost wages
- Loss of ability to work
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional and mental suffering
- Permanent physical damage
- Disfigurement or scarring
- Property damage
- Other financial loss caused by the injury
The final total amount of your medical bills is an important factor in determining the value of your personal injury case. If your medical treatment is not yet complete, it is hard to estimate the value of your case. The insurance companies always want you to settle for a low figure. Having competent legal counsel is important to ensure your rights are protected and that you obtain full value.
Every personal injury case is different. However, generally once a case is settled you will be unable to seek additional damages later. The assistance of an attorney thoroughly familiar with personal injury law may be absolutely vital to properly determine the fair value of your personal injury claim. If you have further questions or to request a consultation, please contact us.