When you’re injured in an accident, it may be tempting to settle for a lower amount of money than you deserve simply to avoid a time-consuming case and pay off the expenses that you owe. The number one reason that someone might choose to settle for a lower amount is because they don’t know how much their personal injury case is worth.
Calculating Your Personal Injury Case
An experienced attorney can help evaluate your case and determine the amount of compensation you could potentially receive by pursuing a claim in court. Compensatory damages are used to reimburse the victim for what they lost in the accident. The amount of compensatory damages is based on a number of different factors like the medical treatment you received due to your injuries, the income you lost from being out of work, losses from property damage, and pain and suffering. While most of these factors are easy to quantify, it can be difficult to place a monetary amount onto emotional distress or pain and suffering.
In some cases, the other party may have been intentionally, outrageously or maliciously negligent. They may have been driving under the influence or intentionally trying to harm someone. When the courts really want to send a message to these parties, they may award victims punitive damages. These monetary awards are meant to deter the other party from acting negligently in the future.
Schedule a Consultation With a New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyer
The worth of your case may also hinge on your role in causing the accident and the steps you took afterwards. If you are partially at fault, it’s likely that you’ll only receive a percentage of your full compensation. Our loyal and compassionate personal injury attorneys at Andres & Berger can help you determine the worth of your case, and we will work with you to decide if you should settle or pursue a claim. Contact our office at 856-437-4080 to learn more.
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