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How to Calculate Damages in Personal Injury Cases

By Steve Charpentier on January 16, 2014

Melbourne Personal Injury Damages CalculationWhen it comes to collecting damages to cover your losses and expenses after sustaining an injury, the law gives you exactly one shot. You have one opportunity to present the most compelling evidence on your behalf and one opportunity to identify and seek compensation for the costs you have incurred due to your injury. There is no second chance to seek restitution through the courts if you find out you miscalculated your damages once your case has been resolved.

For this reason, you must be sure that you entrust your claim to personal injury attorneys that have the experience, skills, and resources to figure out with absolute precision all of the losses and expenses, both current and future, resulting from your injuries. The lawyers of the Charpentier Law Firm in Melbourne calculate personal injury damages by thoroughly evaluating and investigating your case to identify every possible cost that you deserve to have covered. Our goal is to obtain every dollar to which you are entitled, and we will work tirelessly to achieve that goal.

The success of a personal injury case goes beyond merely winning. You deserve to be made whole again, or as whole as possible given your circumstances. At the very least, you should not have to shoulder any part of the financial burden you face as a result of someone else’s negligent or egregiously wrongful act. Ultimately, when you turn to the Charpentier Law Firm for representation, you can expect nothing less than the most aggressive and thorough representation of your rights.

Determining Your Compensatory Damages

Compensatory damages are those awarded to compensate you for the losses and expenses you have suffered as a result of your injuries. In calculating these damages, our attorneys will consider both your current costs and any future costs that can be reasonably estimated. To build the strongest case possible, we will collect all relevant evidence and consult with appropriate experts to support that you are entitled to these damages.

Typically, compensatory damages include money to cover:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • The cost of rehabilitation
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Funeral expenses (in wrongful death cases)
  • Lost benefits (in wrongful death cases)
  • Loss of consortium and support (in wrongful death cases)

Our attorneys are particularly skillful at identifying future expenses, such as long-term medical care, physical therapy, home care, and other possible costs. Because there will be no opportunity to recover these costs through future litigation, it is essential that they be collected through the current claim.

Determining Possible Punitive Damages

Punitive damages are those that are awarded in addition to compensatory damages, primarily to punish the defendant for an egregious, bordering on malicious act. These sorts of damages are infrequently awarded as they are difficult to prove. However, our personal injury attorneys are adept at recognizing cases in which it may be appropriate to ask for punitive damages and know how to collect strong evidence to support this request.

Contact the Charpentier Law Firm

If you are looking for a skilled medical malpractice or auto accident attorney, you’ve come to the right place. To learn more about personal injury damages or to arrange an evaluation of your case, please contact the Charpentier Law Firm today.

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