One of the most common questions we get when a client hires us to handle their case is, “how much is my case worth?” This is a loaded question, and there’s not one clear-cut answer as many factors can impact how much you recover for your injuries, damages, and more. Unfortunately, when insurance companies are not willing to work with you, it may be necessary to go to trial, but our team will be on your side every step of the way.
If you’re filing a claim, you should know what a jury will look at to determine how much you can recover. At Dismuke Law, PLLC, we know how confusing this time can be for you. We work to help you maximize your claim and understand what options you have to pursue compensation.
Factors that go into your financial recovery after a crash include the following:
- The facts of your case
- What the law says
- Your healthcare provider’s diagnosis of your injuries
The Facts of Your Case
The first thing you should know is that you can only obtain compensation if the verdict form sees fit. The verdict form relies on evidence that you present to answer the questions within it, which include the following:
- What is the total amount of economic damages? This includes lost earnings (past and future) and medical expenses (past and future), and property damage.
- What is the total amount of non-economic damages? This includes pain and suffering, disability, impairment, disfigurement, and more.
The evidence you bring forth is the determining factor that allows you to obtain compensation. You can get photos of your accident scene, photos of your vehicle damage, and photos of your injuries. You can also get witness evidence to help show when someone else is negligent.
What the Law Says
Under Florida law, car accident cases operate on comparative negligence. With this system in place, you can still obtain compensation when you are partially at fault for an accident. However, your recovery is impacted by the percentage of fault you hold.
For instance, if you are considered 20% at fault for the accident, the amount you recover will be 20% less. A verdict awarding you $100,000 would be reduced by 20%, meaning you would still be able to recover $80,000 for your losses.
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The Diagnosis of Your Injuries
The more severe your injuries are, the more you may be able to recover for non-economic damages. Because non-economic damages consider your injury’s severity, you can recover more compensation because your damages impact your life beyond a serious threshold. When you suffer disfiguring injuries, you may maximize the compensation you can recover.
In many situations, your choice of legal representation can play a large role in the compensation you may recover. A lawyer can help present your evidence effectively, showing just how much your injury has impacted your life. Hiring the right attorney gives you the chance to pursue the maximum compensation when you deserve it most.
At Dismuke Law, PLLC, we genuinely care about helping our clients get the results they deserve following a severe injury. Throughout the entire process, we’ll be there to explain what options you have to obtain maximum compensation and hold negligence accountable after a car accident.
Our Lakeland car accident attorneys have significant experience representing clients in the most complex cases. We’ll help you use evidence associated with your accident and present it in a way that suits your needs. You can trust our team to be there throughout the entire process and guide you to the outcome you deserve.