How Much is Your Personal Injury Case Worth?
Have you been injured in an accident? Was someone else at fault? If someone was negligent and their negligence led to your accident then you may be eligible for compensation. Many people wonder though: How much is my personal injury case worth in California?
There are many factors that affect how much your case is worth
The short answer to the question is that there’s no specific monetary amount we can give you – every case is different. However, we can tell you some of the factors that an insurance company, judge, or jury will take into consideration when deciding on your award. They include:
- The extent of your injury.
- The extent of non-economic damages. This includes mental anguish, pain, and suffering.
- The cost of actual damages. This refers to economic damages that are quantifiable, like past and future medical bills as well as lost income or lost earnings capacity.
- Punitive damages.
Punitive damages defined
What exactly are punitive damages? In the state of California, punitive damages refers to additional damages the court may award in certain personal injury cases. The main purpose of these damages being awarded is to punish the person who was negligent. These damages are not meant to necessarily compensate the victim.
There are on select situations in which punitive damages are typically given. They generally only apply to cases where extreme negligence was shown. If you’ve been through this type of significant accident, whether a train accident, car accident, or other type of accident or injury, then you could get compensation for punitive damages through a settlement with the at-fault party’s insurance company by filing an injury claim, or through a trial verdict after filing a lawsuit.
Only a personal injury attorney can tell you what your case is worth
At Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas, we need more information about your case in order to determine exactly what your chances are of a settlement or jury award and to give you a ballpark figure of what you may expect. Avoid attorneys who simply give you figures based off of little to no information. There is no one-size-fits-all answer to these types of cases. You need an attorney on your side that will wait until they have all the facts to give you legal advice.
Contact us today for your free case evaluation
Do you want more information on your specific case? Then contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas today by calling 909-982-0707. You can count on a free case evaluation. During that evaluation, we can learn more about the type of accident, the injuries you sustained, and the evidence available. We can then make a better determination of the strength of the case you have. Remember that we take cases on contingency, which means you don’t pay until you receive payment for your injuries. There is no risk for you.