How to Calculate Personal Injury Damages
By Norman Younker on December 18, 2013
It is important to understand that in personal injury law, you get just one bite at the apple. This means that you have only one opportunity to present your case, identify your expenses and losses, and request monetary damages. If you discover that you were not properly compensated for a loss after the case has been resolved, you cannot go back to court and request compensation. Once a case has been settled or tried to verdict, that’s it - there are no second chances to ask for further damages.
This is why it is essential to entrust your personal injury claim to personal injury lawyers with experience and a history of success in handling cases like yours. At Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC in Salt Lake City, personal injury damages are carefully calculated after a thorough review and investigation of the circumstances surrounding each case. No stone is left unturned, and no loss or expense related to your injury will be neglected. Ultimately, it is our mission to work tirelessly on your behalf to obtain every cent to which you are entitled - and we will not fail in that mission.
There is more to a successful personal injury case than presenting the strongest and most compelling case possible. While doing so is, of course, very important, if any potential compensation is left on the table, then “winning” your case will be a hollow victory. You deserve representation from the best and only the best. You deserve representation from Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC.
Calculating Compensatory Damages
Compensatory damages are those damages meant to make the victim whole again, compensating him or her for losses and expenses resulting from his or her injuries. In calculating these damages, our attorneys analyze all of the consequences of the accident, using expert testimony and hard evidence to demonstrate why the defendant is responsible for, and therefore financially liable for, these consequences.
Commonly awarded compensatory damages include compensation for:
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
One of the most important elements of determining damages is calculating not only current losses and expenses, but also those losses and expenses that can be reasonably projected into the future. Remember, there are no second chances in personal injury law; if your attorney does not obtain sufficient damages to cover future lost wages and other expenses, you can’t go back to court to ask for those damages. The lawyers of Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC are experts in calculating all potential damages.
Punitive damages refer to those damages awarded primarily to punish the defendant for egregious, often deliberately malicious wrongdoing, as opposed to covering demonstrable losses and expenses on the part of the injured victim. These sorts of damages are rarely awarded as they are difficult to prove and most acts of negligence don’t rise to the level of egregiousness that would demand punishment by a civil court. However, our personal injury and auto accident attorneys are able to recognize instances in which punitive damages may be appropriate and present strong evidence that they are applicable in a given case.
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