AFTER AN ACCIDENT, IT’S IMPORTANT FOR A PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER TO BE ABLE TO DETERMINE WHAT YOUR PERSONAL INJURY ACCIDENT CLAIM FOR COMPENSATION IS WORTH.
Jonathan Perazzo, founder and attorney at the Perazzo Law Firm, shares valuable insight for understanding accident claims and their value to accident victims in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Orange County.
Being involved in an accident can range from a scare to life altering experience. Regardless, an accident victim that was subject to negligence on behalf of another individual, company, or manufacturer, may be entitled to compensation to cover personal injury and losses stemming from medical expenses and/or lost wages. What you, a friend, or relative obtains following a personal injury case can be determined through several factors and are based on the extent of injury, emotional suffering, damages to assets, and most importantly, lost wages. Each of these factors are complex but they are not impossible to understand. However, they will require the help and legal representation of a professional, experienced, and dedicated personal injury lawyer.
The main factors that help determine the worth of an accident claim:
The extent of injury and treatment. This is one of the most important factors to help determine the value or worth of a personal injury accident claim. From a car accident to a slip & fall, injuries require a medical evaluation. This will immediately cost the accident victim money to cover medical expenses, which are high. For example, a person involved in a minor car accident may feel pain in their neck or back. To determine if there is a neck or back injury, a medical professional may order MRI studies. The going rate for an MRI can range from $3000 to $4000, depending on the healthcare facility. A personal injury lawyer will gather all medical bills stemming from the accident and include them in the claim. Thus, the accident victim will not have to cover the medical bills if the claim is successful. Reminder, the success of an accident claim depends greatly on the experience and dedication of the accident victim’s lawyer.
The short- or long-term effect of the accident plays a huge role in determining the worth of the claim. When an accident victim suffers severe personal injury that limits his/her ability to earn a living, lead a normal life, or requires radical changes, the accident claim is worth much more, and the accident victim is entitled to as much as their personal injury accident lawyer can get from the accident claim. An experienced and dedicated accident and insurance claims lawyer like Jonathan Perazzo, will fight for his client and strive for a settlement that maximizes the worth of the claim. For example, if a slip and fall accident victim suffers a broken hip, he/she will require surgery and extensive rehabilitation will follow in order to help treat the injury and work for a full recovery. Sadly, a full recovery is almost never achieved since the accident victim is likely to experience some pain or discomfort as he/she grows older. Broken bones are considered permanent injuries and that area that has suffered the break will be prone to weather conditions like humidity and rain. Regardless of the whether the extent of the injuries carry short- or long-term consequences, the accident victim may experience losses from not being able to work. Some companies or business owners may be lenient towards an employee’s accident situation while others may not be very tolerant. When an accident victim cannot go to work because of injuries, especially serious injuries that lead to a person not being able to work for months, the business operator may eventually terminate the person’s position. Some accident victims that are business owners, may not be able to open to the public or manufacture their products. When this happens, the personal injury lawyer will add this to the worth of the accident claim. When a personal injury lawyer starts to determine their client’s compensation, the mental impact of the injuries and accident are also considered. This can include:
- Loss of memory
- Panic attacks
- And more.
It’s important to highlight that recorded previous mental conditions will not be considered.
What your Personal Injury Lawyer handling your accident claim will do
Apart from working to prove that the accident was not their client’s fault, the personal injury lawyer will carry out the following tasks:
- Your personal injury lawyer will help you put into perspective the procedures that the injuries and treatment merit.
- Your personal injury lawyer will gather all medical records relevant to the injuries and accident. Records may include emergency intervention, x-rays, MRI’s, medication, hospital stay, etc.. After a serious action, hospitalization and multiple tests will be required.
- Your personal injury lawyer will gather all treatment records from physical therapy facilities and any other specialized treatment centers or doctors treating the accident victim. Medical treatment records are an important part of the worth of the claim. Accident victims need to make sure they stick to their treatment plan and complete it. Accident victims recovering from injuries should always follow their healthcare professional’s advice, given that their professional medical input helps achieve a successful claim.
- Your personal injury lawyer will be responsible for achieving the best possible outcome for your claim and fight for your best interests when facing insurance companies and their lawyers.
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