Evaluating Damages After an Auto Accident
If you are pursuing compensation for damages caused by an at-fault driver in the Los Angeles area, you may be wondering how much your case is worth. Every vehicle accident claim is different, and the amount you recover will depend upon the types and extent of damages that occur.
Property Damage Expenses
Automobile personal property damage is a common occurrence. When you have been in an accident with an at-fault driver you can be reimbursed for damage to your car and any personal property inside the vehicle. You are also entitled to rent a vehicle while your car is being repaired or replaced. Just make sure that you submit all of your car repair, personal property, and rental receipts for reimbursement.
Medical costs for treatment, diagnosis, hospitalization, prescription and nonprescription drugs, and even items like wheelchairs, crutches, and medical equipment can add up quickly. Make sure that you keep a written record of doctor’s visits and treatment notes. Keeping good notes and maintaining receipts will make it easier to be reimbursed for expenses and will help your lawyer prove the severity of your injury claim.
Many accident victims are unable to work due to the injuries they sustained, and may not go back to work for weeks, months, or even years after the injury. Your auto accident attorney can help you make a claim to the at-fault driver’s insurance company for lost wages. The claim amount will be based on the time lost and your hourly rate of pay or salary.
Lost Earning Capacity
If you have been in an accident that causes a permanent or long-term disability, you may be able to recover damages for future lost earnings (earning capacity). Your attorney can hire an economic expert witness who will explain the extent of your injuries and how it affects your ability to earn a living. Your projected long-term earnings, including inflation, are computed and a dollar value is assigned. Your lawyer will then add that amount to the personal injury claim and submit it to the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
Pain and Suffering
If you are injured in an auto accident, you are entitled to compensation for pain and suffering. But how do attorneys place a dollar value on that pain and suffering? Damage to property, lost wages, and future earning potential are easily calculated, while pain and suffering, and psychological trauma are not. Seasoned auto accident attorneys use their vast experience in personal injury law and past jury verdicts, to determine how much compensation a pain and suffering claim is worth. Courts, personal injury lawyers, and insurance companies review the severity of injuries, and the extent to which those injuries impact your life, to determine how much compensation your pain and suffering is worth.
Receiving Compensation for Your Injuries
Most personal injury claims are settled out of court after the insurance company and auto accident attorney present their cases. But what happens when they cannot reach a mutual agreement? Auto accident attorneys can file a lawsuit on your behalf, and let a judge and jury decide how much a claim is worth. Experienced auto accident attorneys look closely at the injuries sustained, your medical expenses, and the time lost from work, to figure out how much your personal injury claim is worth.
Contacting a Los Angeles Auto Injury Attorney
In California, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim is two years from the date of the accident. So it’s important to contact an auto injury attorney as soon as possible. Every auto accident claim is different, and each case requires the expertise of a skilled auto accident personal injury attorney to get you the maximum compensation available.
At M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers, we will investigate your accident to help prove that the other driver was at fault, and fight to ensure that the insurance company doesn’t short-change you. Don’t wait any longer, give us a call at (818) 650-3861 for a free consultation. Or click on the link to complete the case evaluation form, and we will get back to you.