It's never easy to deal with injuries that you've suffered as a result of another person's actions. You might have had many things planned for your future and now are unsure if you'll ever be able to do those things again.
It's the reality that a personal injury can derail your life immediately, but the goal of any personal injury attorney is to reduce the overall impact of the injuries on your life, particularly when dealing with your finances.
What kind of offer should I expect after a personal injury claim is filed?
That depends a lot on the specifics of your case. For example, if you're in a motorcycle collision and suffer a brain injury, broken bones and trauma to your spinal cord, you may have a case for hundreds of thousands of dollars. On the other hand, if you have to miss work for only a few days while you recover from a mild concussion, the compensation you'll be able to receive will be less.
Will I receive money for the mental trauma I've been through?
It's possible, especially if you can show that the trauma you've been through has caused depression, anxiety or other lasting mental health concerns. The amount you'll receive may be based on factors such as the cost of medical care you need and if the mental health diagnoses affect your ability to maintain a job.
What should I do to get the most out of my personal injury case?
Since no two cases are alike, everyone who plans to file a personal injury case needs to collect solid documentation of their injuries and how they're related to the collision. Some of the documents you'll want to present to the insurer and give to your attorney include:
- Medical records showing the diagnoses for the injuries you've suffered
- Treatment plans indicating the suggested short- and long-term treatments needed for your condition(s)
- Witness contact information
- Police report(s)
- Receipts for travel associated with the injury (trips to the hospital, doctors' offices, and so on)
- Annual wage records/weekly paycheck records
You'll want to include as much information about your financial losses as possible, so your attorney can negotiate for your lost wages as well as for money to cover the medical care you want or may want in the future. Prepare as much documentation as you can, so you can have the best chance of a great settlement offer.