Determining The Value Of Your Accident Claim
When you are injured in an accident, one of the biggest concerns you may face is how you are going to recover from the accident – not just physically, but financially. In many accident cases, the expenses can pile up quickly and, before you know it, you may have accrued tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of dollars in medical bills. In addition to the doctor and hospital bills, most people also incur losses and costs associated with the injuries such as lost time from work and replacement of personal property that has been damaged as a result of the incident. When you try to recoup your losses, it may be tempting to take the first offer made to you; however, it is always advisable to speak with an attorney experienced in personal injury matters before taking that offer. Only someone with experience dealing with accident cases and the types of issues associated with the full extent of loss can assess whether the offer is going to be enough to cover everything.
Special Versus General Damages
In an attempt to determine a fair amount of compensation for losses suffered in an accident, several different types of damages must be considered. Special damages are those types of damages which are generally easier to quantify – medical bills received from your medical providers and facilities, lost income from not being able to work, and the value of your totaled vehicle, for example. The second general category of damages – general damages – are more difficult to quantify and, in many cases, will require the assistance of expert witnesses to accurately assess. These types of damages include less tangible losses such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other anxiety or stress related conditions incurred as a result of your accident.
Don’t Forget About The Future
In addition to damages for losses that have already been incurred, it is important in any personal injury case to take into consideration whether there will be additional losses incurred in the future which need to be considered as part of the claim. Medical experts are often used to assess whether additional surgery or rehabilitation may be required in the future and, if so, for how long. Failing to consider all of the possible ways in which you may continue to accrue costs as time goes on would be a serious misstep in your accident case. Finding the right expert witness to use in your case is of utmost important.
Let Us Help You Today
If you have been injured in an accident, it is important that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights. Insurance companies may not always be looking out for your best interests, and you may not receive an offer that adequately compensates you for both your present losses as well as those you may have in the future. The attorneys at Boone & Davis in Fort Lauderdale can help to ensure you get everything you are entitled to receive. Contact Boone & Davis by phone at 954.556.5260 today or visit us online to schedule your initial consultation and make sure you have the best working on your side.