If you suffered an injury or loss as a result of a large truck accident in Seattle, WA and are wanting to estimate what your case might be worth, there is one way you can go about doing this. Now, keep in mind that a qualified and experienced Seattle, WA truck accident lawyer can provide you with a more accurate estimate, however, there are a few ways you can begin working to determine how much you might demand if you are filing a personal injury lawsuit or seeking compensation directly from the responsible party.
The first thing you would need to do is estimate what your economic damages are worth. “Economic damages refers to compensation for objectively verifiable monetary losses” [Source: American College of Surgeons]. So, let’s consider a few monetary losses the truck accident has caused.
- Past and future medical expenses. Any care you received that was provided to treat the physical or psychological injuries you suffered from the accident should be added up. Whether you paid for the care out of your own pocket or you have bills that are piling up, all of this should be added to get a sum of how much you have spent and/or owe in medical expenses. Now, it may be difficult to determine what your future medical expenses will be so let’s leave that up to your truck crash lawyer to determine. Once you have this total, set it aside as you will need it later on.
- Loss of past and future earnings. If the accident has resulted in you being unable to work, you will want to add up how much income you would have received had you been able to resume your position and bring in money. And as far as future earning go, although it is best to leave it up to a lawyer to determine, you can estimate the amount based on how long your physician predicts your injuries will have you out of work. Some injuries are so severe that you may never be able to return to your job so you might find this amount rather difficult to calculate if these are the circumstances you are currently facing.
- Costs of repairs or replacement. If your vehicle sustained damage and you had to pay for the repairs or the cost to replace it, you will want to add up. In the event you haven’t been able to afford the repairs but received an estimate for how much the work will cost, be sure to include this in your total.
- The cost of domestic services. If your injuries are preventing you from being able to clean your home, cook your meals, or complete any other tasks at home in which you have to hire someone to do it for you, the amount spent should be written down and will later be added to the other losses we highlighted above.
- Loss of employment or business opportunities. If your injury has caused you to miss out on a promotion at work, think about how much you would have made had you received the promotion and been able to work. In the event the accident has led to you being unemployed, estimate how much debt you have accrued trying to stay afloat while seeking other employment that is conducive to your condition.
Once you have a total for each category, go ahead and add them all up. The amount you get will be an estimate as to how much you will want to ask for in terms of economic damages.
Now, there are other damages you can seek compensation for, although they are much more difficult to calculate on your own. For example, you can also demand payment for non-economic damages for non-monetary losses such as “pain, suffering, inconvenience, emotional distress, loss of society and companionship, loss of consortium, and loss of enjoyment of life.” You can also ask that the courts award punitive damages which “refers to damages awarded for the purpose of punishment” and “to deter intentional or reckless behavior or actions motivated by malice.” Because these amounts are based on your own personal circumstances, the only way to get a true value for what they are worth is by having a truck accident lawyer calculate these amounts for you.
So, if you wish to receive a realistic estimate for what your truck accident case is worth, contact USAttorneys.com and let us connect you with a WA trucking accident lawyer in your area who would be more than happy to do this for you.