The amount of your recovery depends on the amount of damage that you incurred and the degree to which you can show that the injury was the fault of another. Recovery for personal injury is often split between injury to persons and injury to property.
The dollar amount of your damages is the sum of all loss incurred as a result of your injury. This includes physical damage to your personal property and physical and emotional damage to you. When calculating this damage, consider the cost or value of:
The court may also award punitive damages which function as a punishment to the wrongdoer, over and above the actual value of the loss incurred.
This depends on the damage sustained by your property. The most important determination is whether the property can be repaired and the cost of making those repairs. The law typically categorizes damage to property into three groups:
Insurance companies often use a formula to calculate damages. However, that industry standard simply provides a number on which to base negotiations. Your personal injury lawyer will consider all of the specific circumstances in your case and negotiate with the other parties for a damages agreement that compensates you fully for the loss you incurred due to the fault of another.
Most states use comparative liability to determine the amount of damage. Comparative liability means that a person is only responsible for the percent of the damage that they caused. For example, if you were in an accident that resulted in $1000 of damage, and the other party was 75% at fault, then they would be liable for $750. If a third party was responsible for the other 25% of the damages, they would be liable for the remaining $250. However, if you contributed to the accident, then you would be liable for the percentage of your own liability.
Attributing percentages of liability is not an exact science. Each party must present its theory on what happened and who was responsible. If you hire a lawyer, it will be your lawyer’s duty to represent your interests, to show the fault of the other parties, and to recover what you are rightfully owed for your injuries.
If you believe you may have a personal injury claim, you should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. Your lawyer will represent your best interests and can help you receive compensation for your injuries.
Last Modified: 07-07-2015 04:11 PM PDTLaw Library Disclaimer
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