Assessing Car Accident Damages
Levittown PA Car Accident Injury Attorneys
Perhaps the most common and significant question asked of a personal injury attorney is two-fold: “Do I have a case?” and if so, “How do they determine appropriate compensation?” The answer to this question is highly variable, contingent upon a vast array of circumstances ranging from the extent of your physical injuries, to your current salary, the type of vehicle you were driving, and the comparative negligence attributed to you and the other driver or drivers involved. During discussions related to compensation, the term “damages” is often used to refer to the numerical value ascribed to each of the economic and personal hardships associated with your injuries. When reaching a determination of damages, the monetary value of your medical expenses, rehabilitative treatment, necessary future accommodations, loss of income, property damage, and pain and suffering will be factored into the equation.
Unfortunately, insurance companies have a vested financial interest in providing you with as little in the form of recovery as possible, which often translates into unfair and highly underestimated settlement offers. With the assistance of an skilled personal injury attorney, you can rest assured that a legal professional is aggressively advocating to obtain just compensation on your behalf. At Cohen and Riechelson, our attorneys have dedicated the last four decades to achieving generous recoveries for injured car accident victims in Pennsylvania. To speak with a member of our talented personal injury team free of charge, contact our Bucks County offices anytime at (215) 337-4915 for a free comprehensive case evaluation.
Assessing Your Car Accident Injury Damages in Pennsylvania
Although the specific circumstances of your car accident will significantly influence the assessed damages associated with your claim, there are several guiding principles that are used in making these determinations. The following factors will be considered during the evaluation of your claim:
- A medical assessment of your injuries and your potential for a full recovery
- The expenses associated with prior, current, and future medical care
- The extent to which your injuries have impeded your ability to earn income and the long-term potential for earning loss
- Your emotional pain and suffering and/or loss of enjoyment of life
- Your insurance coverage and that of the other driver (extent of coverage, under-insured, or uninsured)
- The extent to which you or the other parties involved contributed to the cause of the accident. In other words, who is responsible?
It is important to understand that Pennsylvania is classified as a “comparative negligence” state, which means that the percentage of your fault in contributing to your accident can be used to deplete the value of the damages to which you are entitled. This gives insurance companies an extra incentive to prove that you somehow contributed to the cause of your accident. At CR, our early investigative teams are immediately dispatched to the scene of the crash to gather evidence to the contrary.
Contact our Bucks County PA Car Accident Injury Lawyers for a Free Case Evaluation
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident and you believe that another driver may be at-fault, you have limited time to file a claim. Consulting with a team of experienced personal injury attorneys can be a critical step toward recovering damages for your medical expenses, loss of income, as well as the pain and suffering caused by your accident. To speak with one of our seasoned personal injury lawyers, contact the Bensalem offices of Cohen and Riechelson at (215) 337-4915. A free and comprehensive case assessment is just a phone call away.