Whenever you are injured, due to the negligence (in whole or in part) of another, you are entitled to be compensated for your medical bills, future medical care that might be needed, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and pain and suffering.
After a car wreck, a slip & fall (premises liability) accident, or other type of personal injury case, you have the legal rights to seek compensation for your injuries and losses through the court system. There is often an insurance policy in place set up to cover your losses. The insurance provider will typically prefer to pay you a settlement amount just so long as you agree not take it to court. It saves them the costs of attempting to defend the case in court. It also serves as an advantage to you since you wouldn’t have to wait for the court system to handle your case, which can take up to months or years. In fact, if you opt to take your case to trial, (which you’re able to at any time before accepting a settlement), you take the chance of receiving nothing if you lose. A settlement is a compromise between you and the person responsible for your injuries.
The different types of compensation you can attain are broken down into two groups: general damages and special damages. General damages are also sometimes known as “non-economic” damages, whereas special damages may be called “economic.”
Essentially, general damages have to do with the sorts of harm and losses that come from the incident or injury, but are not easy to quantify, thus making it more subjective. This involves compensation for any pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, lost companionship, disfigurement, and similar harm caused by the accident as well as the resulting medical treatment.
Special damages are losses that are not as difficult to calibrate. This includes compensation for medical treatment, lost wages, property damage, and other financial woes following the accident, medical treatment, and any disability or limitation that came out of it.
If you were injured in an accident, and the other person was at fault, you are entitled to some amount of money for your pain and the injury’s effect on your daily life. With accidents regarding minor, short-term injuries, the amount may be less. When injuries are more serious, detrimental and/or long-term, the settlement of the pain and suffering section of your claim rises significantly.
When it comes to injury settlements, there is no minimum or maximum amount. Every case is unique in terms of strengths and weaknesses, along with what is at stake. The amount of a settlement in a personal injury case can vary based on a whole set of factors, like the nature and extent of the plaintiff/claimant’s injuries. This includes “pain and suffering” and the impact of the injuries, the clarity of who was at fault for the undisclosed accident, and the readiness of one side or the other to go all out and let the case go to court if need be.
If you or a loved one are ever injured due to someone else’s negligence and want to find an experienced attorney to handle your particular case, feel free to contact our legal team at Neufeld, Kleinberg, & Pinkiert, PA. We will be more than happy to give you a free consultation and make sure to do everything in our power so you receive the compensation you deserve.