Ask a Lawyer: How much compensation am I paid for an injury?

When you’ve been in an accident with another Redlands driver and you have been injured, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, damages and future impairments. To be compensated, the other party needs to found responsible for the accident – -and that the accident was mostly their fault. If you are partly to blame, any settlement could be reduced by the percentage of blame you are assigned.

 Factors that Contribute to your Settlement Offer

When you are offered a settlement or awarded damages, several factors are taken into account. Each of these has an impact on the total amount you are compensated and the settlement you receive. Every award is different but being aware of the factors that make up your compensation helps you understand what expect.

Injuries Sustained

The amount, degree and seriousness of your injuries will impact your financial settlement. More severe injuries require more invasive and lengthy treatment and as a result, offer more compensation. Any injuries you sustain need to be not only treated but you should receive a prognosis for the future. Your injuries and treatment time also influence the amount you receive as compensation for missed work hours and related issues .

Long Term Outlook

If you have sustained injuries that will impact your ability to care for yourself, hold the job you had at the time of the accident or that permanently impact your life, you can be compensated for them. Disfigurement, loss of limbs or function and related issues all contribute to your eventual settlement. Any specialty adaptive equipment, ongoing medical care or other potential costs should be properly compensated in this case as well.

Change to your Career or Lifestyle

If the accident results in you no longer being able to do you job or you are unable to work in the industry you’ve trained in, you may be compensated for your losses. You may also be compensated for new skills and job training.

Blame

Do you have any liability in the auto accident? Were your injuries more extensive because of your own actions or inattention? Would you be responsible for some of your own injuries? If some of the liability or responsibility can be placed on you, portions of your settlement may be reduced. It does not mean you should not pursue damages and be compensated, it just means that some factors may be reduced based on your own culpability.

Get Help with your Auto Accident Settlement

The best way to get the full picture and determine what you could be awarded is to speak with one of our auto accident attorneys. We’ll be able to walk you through the different factors of your case and give you a good idea of what to expect from the process, including your eventual settlement. Get in touch today and get the help you need to resume your normal life after an accident has disrupted it.

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