If you’re wondering whether it is worth it to pursue a personal injury claim after a car accident, you have likely wondered about how much your case is worth. The sum total of personal, physical, and emotional costs of an accident, referred to collectively as “damages,” weigh heavily in any decision to pursue a claim.
As experienced Atlanta car accident attorneys, we have unique insight into the factors that influence a case’s value. Here are a few of the key elements that drive the potential value of your car accident claim.
People who have suffered injuries in car accidents can be immobilized for long periods of time without the ability to work. In personal injury litigation, these income losses may be quantified and awarded as damages to a victim. These damages can include both income losses from the past and the estimated cost of lost opportunities in the future as a result of an accident.
With medical costs rising every year, damages resulting from medical expense can be some of the largest in a car accident injury claim. As with damages from loss of income, medical costs in your claim can include those already incurred as well as estimated costs in the future.
Car accidents typically come with large damages to property. Your accident claim will tally up all damages to your personal property, including vehicles, clothing, electronics, and any other valuables destroyed or damaged in an accident. A court estimates the value of lost property and repairs with a fair market value analysis.
Emotional Pain and Suffering
In addition to quantifiable losses, there can also be a range of more ambiguous damages resulting from a car accident. These can include the emotional and physical pain you may have suffered as a result of the accident. How a court quantifies these damages tends to be highly subjective, depending upon the jurisdiction. You will need an effective personal injury attorney to argue on your behalf to ensure that you are adequately compensated for these damages.
Impacts of Quality of Life
There are a range of other injuries that can also impact your claim, many pertaining to impacts on your general quality of life. If you can’t enjoy hobbies, exercise, and other enjoyable activities as a result of your injuries, you may be entitled to damages. These can also include “loss of consortium” damages relating to any adverse impacts on your relationship with your spouse.
Too often, victims in car accidents do not obtain compensation for the full scope of damages they have incurred. Fortunately, the car accident attorneys at Angell Law Firm are here to help. From our office in Atlanta, we help car accident victims throughout the area obtain fair compensation in personal injury litigation. Call us at 770-217-4954 or contact us online to learn more.