Advice from Maître Tsion Chudnovsky, personal injury and criminal defense lawyer and member of the French District in Los Angeles.
If you're considering filing a personal injury claim from a car accident or any other type of serious injury, you might be wondering "How much is my case worth?" Find out how insurance companies and American courts determine the amount to be paid in the case of lawsuits for bodily injury and car accidents.
General rules for assessing damage
Under US law, the person or entity responsible for an accident (usually insurance companies) may be required to pay an injured person for their costs, such as:
- Medical fees
- Property damage and auto repairs
- Loss of current income
- Loss of future income
- Estimation of future medical costs
In addition to the amounts of money spent and lost above, defendants are also liable for other "general damages" that can vary widely depending on the facts, the skill of your personal injury attorney, and the defendant.
General damage may include:
- Permanent physical disability or disfigurement
- Loss of family, social and educational experiences
- Emotional damage resulting from the above
- Is your injury very painful?
- Is your medical treatment invasive and long-lasting?
- Is the medical evidence of your injury very obvious?
- Will your recovery be long?
- Are your injuries serious, visible and permanent?