What To Know About Filing For Personal Injury Damages
Overview Of Personal Injury Law
A claim for personal injury means that something harmed you or your property. Usually this means that you were hurt or your property was damaged. There are many types of personal injury damages. Personal injury can result from a car accident, slipping in a grocery store, or even assault. Whatever the cause, if you have suffered a personal injury it will require finesse and creativity from your attorney to effectively litigate.
Medical and Prescription Costs
Medical expenses include everything from surgery, outpatient, rehabilitation, doctor visits and prescription costs. You will want to bring to your attorney all of your receipts and medical documents so that they attorney can accurately calculate your total out of pocket medical expenses.
Often, if you have medical expenses then you probably missed work. Give your attorney your pay stubs for the past three months. They will use these to establish your earnings history. Your attorney will then be able to project how much you lost in wages due to the accident. In the case of serious injury, you may miss work for extended periods of time at which point your attorney will likely hire an expert to estimate any future lost wages.
If your property was damaged, then there are two ways you can be reimbursed. If you repaired or replaced your damaged property, then you would submit the receipt for the cost. Sometimes, however, you cannot replace the damaged item, for example a family heirloom, in this scenario you would submit either a document that attested to its appraised value prior to the damage or have an expert evaluate your property.
Pain And Suffering
To calculate non-economic damages, like pain and suffering, you will usually combine your economic damages and apply a multiplier. The multiplier you use will depend upon the facts of your case.
Bring these documents to your initial consult with your attorney. This will allow him to get a jump on filing for your personal injury claim. Compensation, just like any other issue, must be established with evidence so the more evidence you bring the easier it will be to establish what your compensation should be.