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Is it Possible to Estimate a Personal Injury Claim Amount?

By Steve Charpentier on September 10, 2013

Melbourne Personal Injury Claim AmountOne of the questions most commonly asked of the personal injury lawyers of the Charpentier Law Firm is whether it is possible to estimate a personal injury claim amount. In general, it is not. There are far too many variables that factor into the amount of damages to which an accident victim and his or her family may be entitled. No two cases are even remotely alike, and the only way to arrive at even a rough estimate is through a personal consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys at our law offices in Melbourne. The personal injury claim amount to which you may be entitled can only be determined through a meticulous investigation of the circumstances surrounding your case and an assessment of the losses and expenses you have suffered as a result of your injury.

If you have been injured in an accident caused primarily or entirely by someone else’s negligence, or if a member of your family has been injured or tragically killed in such an accident, we encourage you to contact the Charpentier Law Firm today to arrange for an evaluation of your case. Whatever the nature of your case, you can expect our experienced attorneys to fight for the maximum recovery allowable under the law on your behalf.

Determining Damages

One of the many things that set our personal injury and auto accident lawyers apart from the pack is our ability to identify every cent to which our clients are legally entitled. The law allows every claimant just one bite at the apple, as the old saying goes; once you have obtained a settlement or jury award, you cannot return to the court later to ask for compensation for a loss or expense that you overlooked in your initial claim. This is why it is absolutely essential that you secure the services of lawyers who are able to calculate all of the damages you deserve and build the strongest case on your behalf.

In determining the damages to which you are entitled, our personal injury attorneys will use all of the resources at our disposal, enlisting any necessary experts related to your case type and our unparalleled ability to reconstruct accidents. We will consider all of the following and more in assessing your damages:

  • Your medical bills and rehabilitation expenses
  • Your lost wages from missing work
  • Any property damage you suffered
  • Your pain and suffering
  • Your mental anguish
  • Future losses and expenses that can reasonably be projected, such as future medical costs

In cases of wrongful death, we also take into account funeral expenses, lost companionship and support, lost future wages and benefits, loss of consortium, and other future losses and expenses.

On considering all of these factors and more, we will be able to arrive at an estimate of the damages we will ask for in your case. Other variables that may come into play include:

  • Whether the defendant’s negligence was so egregious that punitive damages may be applicable
  • Whether you share a percentage of fault for the accident and, if so, what that percentage is
  • Whether a fair settlement may be reached and whether that settlement is in your best interests

To schedule an evaluation of your case, please call or email our personal injury attorneys today.

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