When you’ve experienced an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation for the injuries you sustained and any damage to your property. You should always consult with an experienced attorney for details on your case, but there are a few guidelines that can help you understand and determine personal injury claim worth.
Essentially, in matters where someone has been hurt due to the actions of another, they’re entitled to a remedy for their losses. This legal remedy is referred to as “damages,” which are monetary in nature. Our legal system is based upon the concept that a victim should be compensated and made whole by the responsible party.
Types of Damages
Many victims having personal injury claims are entitled to different types of damages. They include:
- The cost of medical treatment for injuries;
- Lost salary or wages if unable to work;
- Property loss for any vehicles, equipment or other personal belongings were damaged; and,
- Pain and suffering for discomfort from an injury.
Depending on your circumstances, you might be entitled to additional remedies to compensate you for your losses.
The best way to pursue your legal remedies and recover for your damages is to consult with an attorney. In most personal injury cases, your lawyer will start by contacting the responsible party or their insurer and attempting to negotiate a settlement. However, if a fair and reasonable amount cannot be reached, you may need to file a lawsuit and have the court make a decision.
Please contact the Law Offices of David M. Benenfeld P.A if you have questions about personal injury claims and would like to schedule a consultation. Our knowledgeable attorneys have extensive experience handling these types of matters, both in negotiating settlements with insurance companies and taking cases to court.