If you’ve recently been involved in a car accident, you might be thinking of a lawsuit. If you aren’t, maybe you should be. As you know, accidents can be expensive. If you’re lucky, your primary concern will be the damages to your car. If you sustained injuries, medical expenses are likely to be costly. Or perhaps you were involved in a catastrophic accident, which has longstanding impacts on your ability work. If that’s the case, then the combination of lost wages and medical expenses can be devastating.
If you file a lawsuit, a settlement can help to offset these costs. Here’s an overview of car accident settlements.
Who’s at fault?
In the world of car accident lawsuits, you cannot overstate the significance of proving fault. This is the first major hurdle you have to overcome before you can win a settlement. Basically, there needs to be evidence that the accident was caused by the other driver—not you. You may be able to provide some of this evidence yourself, through photographs of the incident. It’s also a good idea to get the support of witnesses.
Most pertinently, the police report should contain enough information to indicate who is at fault. When they arrive at the scene, they should take detailed documentation that can be referenced in court.
What’s the settlement?
Just in case you’re not too familiar with legal lingo, let’s define what a settlement is. A settlement is so called because it ‘settles’ the lawsuit. Essentially, it is the agreement to give you, the injured party, payment. If you win the settlement, you should receive compensation for two forms of damage: economic or non-economic. Economic damages will cover the costs that we have already mentioned. Non-economic damages can include, for instance, the psychological pain caused by disfigurement or amputation. Generally speaking, non-economic damages are more difficult to quantify.
Both economic and non-economic damages tend to be more severe in the event of a catastrophic accident.
How are expenses calculated?
Calculating the actual dollar value of your settlement is the next step. This isn’t always easy. You will certainly want to hold on to any medical bills you’ve received due to your accident. Next, keep in mind that your salary as well as missed wages will be consulted in determining the value of your settlement. But, especially if you’ve endured a catastrophic accident, keep in mind that these expenses are likely to continue accruing over time. An expert can give testimony regarding your ability to return to work, expected medical expenses in the future, and intangibles such as psychological pain.
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