Every time you leave home, you probably interact with a variety of individuals. For example, you may drive or walk next to motorists, shop in a busy market or see a physician. While you regularly take care to protect your personal safety, others may not be so responsible. Eventually, someone’s negligent, careless or willful conduct may cause you to sustain a life-altering injury.
If you have suffered some type of injury in an incident that was not your fault, you should not have to pay for a potentially expensive recovery process. You also should not have to bear the cost of lost work or personal fulfillment. Fortunately, Pennsylvania law may allow you to receive fair compensation for your injuries. How much is your personal injury case worth, though?
The financial cost of your injury
In the Keystone State, you cannot pull the cost of your injury out of thin air. On the contrary, you must be able to point to your injury’s actual financial cost. When calculating this number, you want to consider the following:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost past income
- Lost future income
- Other out-of-pocket expenses that you have paid or owe
Put simply, injuries do not come with a preset price tag. Instead, your age, medical treatment, injury severity and other factors may drive your financial damages up or down.
The cost of your pain and suffering
If you have a challenging injury, you know it costs you more than just actual money. That is, you likely have some pain and suffering. In Pennsylvania, you can recover for the following types of anguish:
- Physical, mental and emotional pain
- Anxiety and depression
- Loss of love, affection or marriage potential
Working with an attorney is often critical when quantifying pain and suffering. Because not every lawyer is a good fit for every type of personal injury case, choose an attorney who has a reputation for litigating and increasing settlement amounts.
Someone else’s negligent or otherwise improper behavior may leave you with injuries that change your life forever. By understanding how much your personal injury matter is worth, you can better argue for the compensation you deserve.