Know exactly what you’re owed for your suffering and damages
When you’re the victim of an accident, it’s your right to seek compensation for your injuries and property damage. Figuring out how much you’re owed, however, can be a complex and daunting task. Some things, like repair bills and medical costs can be outlined fairly easily if you’ve already been billed, but then there are less concrete damages like pain and suffering, or long-term financial losses.
Here are the top items that a lawyer will consider when determining the value of the compensation you are owed.
- Liability. This is the number one consideration because it will affect everything else. Proving a driver is 100% at fault instead of 50% at fault is the difference between getting full compensation and half compensation. Having an attorney who can help prove your case is an effective way to secure the full compensation you deserve.
- Type of injury. Bumps and scrapes merit one level of compensation. Spinal or head injuries merit another. But there are also different extremes within these injuries. For example, minor whiplash might result in some neck discomfort, while severe whiplash can cause long-term back and shoulder pain.
- Damages. These include medical costs and non-medical costs, lost income or lost value due to property damage. Damages can be complicated to calculate and project, which is why insurance companies have people on salary whose sole job is to evaluate damages after accidents.
There are millions of accidents on the road every year and the attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC have extensive experience analyzing accidents and determining how much their clients are owed in terms of damages and suffering. They encourage anyone involved in a collision of any kind to contact them at their Baltimore offices for a consultation.