Damages You May Receive

There is no way for the court to give you back your time, your health, or your lost opportunities. The only way for the legal system to make you whole after being injured by another person is to do so financially. The means that the courts, insurance companies, Doctors, and lawyers all try to put a monetary value to your injuries. Sometimes this is easier, sometimes it is very difficult and results in arbitration or trial.

The easier to value damages are actual medical bills, time lost from work and property damaged or destroyed. These types of damages typically have a fairly straight forward value placed on them. This value may be seen as lower by an insurance company, but there is typically a fair way to establish the value for these types of claims, as long as proper records have been kept.

The more difficult to value damages are pain and suffering, loss of consortium, emotional distress, injury to reputation, and loss of opportunity. These types of damages require proper record of the loss and a skilled personal injury attorney to tell your story. These damages are not about a financial loss, but rather a personal and emotional one.

Have You Been Injured?

The most common type of injury caused by another is a car collision. From a fender bender all the way to collisions involving severe injury, most of us have either been the injured person or know someone who has. It can be overwhelming to be in pain and have to deal with Doctors, employers, insurance companies, and bill collectors. Consulting with an attorney early on can help you to focus on getting better and not forfeiting your right to be compensated.

If you have been injured by the negligence of another person or company, you deserve to be made whole. This means that your should not be responsible for the financial burden that this injury has placed upon you. That responsibility should be taken by the party that caused the injury, or their insurance company. Insurance companies are in the business of making money. This means paying out as little as possible as often as possible. To avoid an early, low settlement contact the Law Firm of Lucas D. McWethy to represent you. We work to ensure you are fully compensated for you injuries.

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Keys to Remember

If you have been injured because of another person's actions, here is a list of things to get started:

  • Seek medical attention immediately.
  • Follow all of the Doctor's recommendations
  • Request a specialist if necessary
  • Contact a Lawyer to discuss your injury
  • Document your injuries
    • Keep copies of Dr. visits
    • Keep copies of referrals
    • Take pictures of injuries
    • Take pictures of property damage
    • Obtain the police report
    • Start a journal
      • List your injuries
      • List your daily pain level
      • List how the pain impacted your day
    • Document missed work
  • Keep witness information
    • Contact information
    • Statements
  • Open a claim with the other person's insurance
  • Do not make any statements to the insurance
  • Do not sign anything until consulting with an attorney

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