How do Naples Florida law firms determine much my personal injury case is worth?
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, a car accident or you’ve sustained a slip and fall injury you may be wondering how much your case may be worth.
People who file personal injury lawsuits should first know that that damages are only paid when another party is found to be at fault.
For example, if you were in a two-vehicle car accident and you suffered whiplash, but the accident occurred because you were impaired or because you were playing with your cell phone, the other driver would not be held responsible for your injuries.
On the other hand, if the accident happened because the other driver was impaired or distracted by their cell phone, then yes, you’d want to speak with an attorney about filing a personal injury claim.
The situation would need to be similar if you want to pursue a personal injury lawsuit due to a slip and fall. If you were walking through a big-box retailer and you tripped over your shoelaces, fell and sprained your ankle, the retailer would not be responsible for the injury. However, if another customer spilled a beverage on the floor, you slipped in the liquid and sustained the same type of injury, the business would likely be at fault for failing to address the hazard.
How damages are calculated
Damages are typically awarded as a means of compensating the injured party for what the injury caused the to lose. If you were injured and unable to work, you’d likely be eligible to pursue damages for lost wages. If your vehicle sustained significant damage, you’d likely receive compensation to pay for the repairs.
Medical care, property damage and lost wages are generally factored into the value of a personal injury case. In some cases, if the accident was more serious, you ay be eligible to receive damages for emotional distress, pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment. If you were an avid runner, and you were injured in such a way that you’re unable to run for an extended period of time, this would fall under a “loss of enjoyment” claim.
Have questions? Call a personal injury attorney today
The best way to determine how much your case may be worth is to speak with a licensed personal injury lawyer. Call our office today to schedule a free, no-cost consultation.