A personal injury is never something that you expect to experience, but it alters your life nonetheless. If you have been injured in an automobile accident due to the negligence of another driver, you can pursue financial compensation to cover all the costs associated with your accident and injury.
So how much can you expect to receive? There is no single answer, but by gathering all of the information related to your personal injury and using basic personal injury guidelines, you can calculate an estimate.
Calculate Your Medical Care
Every personal injury requires some type of medical care. This is usually the most expensive type of damage to occur as a result of your accident. Consider the following medical expenses your compensation should cover:
- Existing bills for treatment
- Prescription medication costs, now and in the future
- Medical examinations in the future
- Therapies and tests
The extent of your injuries will determine whether your medical expenses will continue for a few months, a few years, or the rest of your life. The costs will add up accordingly.
Calculate Your Lost Income
It is likely that your personal injury will force you to miss at least a few days of work. If your personal injury is extremely severe, like a traumatic brain injury, then you will lose months or even years worth of income.
You need to evaluate the value of the income you have lost and will lose in the future as a result of your personal injury. Your compensation should cover all of your lost income.
Pain and Suffering
The pain and suffering that you experience cannot be calculated with the mathematical precision of lost income or medical bills. Instead, a multiplier will be used based on the degree of your pain and suffering.
An average multiplier is 2.5. This means the value of your other quantifiable expenses is multiplied by 2.5, and that total is added to the compensation amount you should pursue.
Of course, only an experienced personal injury attorney can give you the advice and guidance you need to secure the highest compensation possible. Call The Law Office of Joseph P. Bartek in Bellingham, Washington today to schedule your free consultation. Personal injury compensation can be yours!