How Much Compensation Am I Entitled To?
If you plan to file a personal injury or car accident lawsuit, you’re likely wondering how much money your case is actually worth. Before you can come to a dollar figure, it must first be determined what your injuries have cost you monetarily, physically, and mentally. If a person or company is found to be legally responsible for your injuries, you can possibly be awarded monetary damages.
An award for damages can be agreed upon after a settlement is negotiated between the parties, their insurance companies, and their attorneys. Monetary damages can also be ordered by a judge or jury following a court trial.
Personal injury damages are typically classified as "compensatory." These damages are intended to compensate the injured plaintiff for loses that resulted from the accident or injury. Essentially, these damages put a dollar amount on the consequences of the accident or injury. Compensatory damages can be awarded for:
- Medical Treatment
- Loss of Income
- Property Loss
- Pain & Suffering
- Emotional Distress
- Loss of Enjoyment
- Loss of Consortium
In some circumstances, punitive damages can be awarded to the plaintiff. These damages are typically reserved for cases where the defendant's conduct is particularly egregious or careless. However, these damages are difficult to obtain. You should speak with an experienced attorney to find out if your case qualifies for punitive damages.
Your Actions Can Affect Your Award
Sometimes, your role in causing the accident or injury can impact the amount of damages that you are entitled to. If you're found to be at fault for the accident or injury, your damage award will reflect that. Some states don’t allow compensation recovery if you're partially to blame for the accident or injury.
Do you still have questions about compensation awards? Speak with our attorneys today by calling (918) 721-0998. Our Tulsa team of personal injury attorneys are here to help.