Personal injury claimHuntsville, AL- How much is my injury claim worth? That’s a question the accident attorneys at USAttorneys are often asked. It’s an understandable question, but the fact is the amount of compensation an accident victim receives depends on many factors which we will explore.
In Alabama personal injury cases, individuals who have been injured as the result of another’s negligence are awarded monetary compensation. This monetary compensation is intended to cover the many costs an accident victim incurs as a result of their traffic accident, workplace injury or slip and fall accident.
Common Types of Compensation Awarded to Accident Victims:
Medical Expenses: Medical care is typically the biggest cost accident victims face, and the generally makes up the bulk of personal injury claims. Victims can be awarded compensation for their current and future medical expenses.
Loss of Income: Following an accident, many victims are unable to work for days or even months. When an accident is serious enough, a victim may never be able to work another day in their lives.
Property Damage: Accident victims are also eligible for compensation for the fair market value of their vehicle and other property such as clothing, electronics, etc.
Pain and Suffering: Injury victims may be awarded compensation for the pain they experienced as a result of their accident or for the pain may have to endure in the future.
Emotional Duress: Emotional distress refers the psychological harm an accident victim has suffered as a result of their accident.
Loss of Enjoyment: If an accident was severe, victims may be unable continue doing things—hobbies, exercise, and other leisure activities– they enjoyed prior to their accident and may be eligible for “loss of enjoyment” compensation.
Punitive damages: Punitive damages are separate from compensatory damages and serve as a means to punish the person at fault for an accident. This type of damages are usually awarded when the at-fault party’s actions were egregious or particularly reprehensible. While these damages are awarded to victims, the goal is to penalize a negligent or careless driver.
That is a brief synopsis of the compensation most accident victims are entitled to for their accident. There are some types of damages we didn’t cover simply because they apply in rare cases, but when you consult with an accident attorney in Huntsville they will inform you of all the types of compensation you may be awarded.
Each and every circumstance surrounding your accident can have a bearing on the settlement amount you receive, so it’s nearly impossible for an Alabama accident attorney to give you a definitive dollar amount. How much compensation you receive really all depends on what caused your accident, the extent of your injuries, if you were disabled and how you were affected by those injuries.
When you consult with a personal injury attorney, they can give you an estimate of how much compensation you may be eligible for, but not an exact amount. But if you want to maximize your compensation amount you need to enlist legal counsel soon and let them get to work on on your injury claim.

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