Putting an exact value on a truck accident case isn’t exactly easy nor is it something that can be done in minutes. The fact is, there are many factors that must be considered when valuing a case, some of which are unknown until after a victim has had care rendered or received their prognosis from their physician. Because truck accident cases vary in value, it is best that you sit down with a truck accident lawyer in Seattle, WA who can review some of the damages you suffered and provide you with an estimate as to what you might recover if your lawsuit is successful.
Now, although we cannot provide you with an estimate as to what your case might be worth right now, we can identify some of the damages the State of Washington allows you to recover compensation for so you have an idea as to what can be included in your lawsuit. Once you have determined what damages you are entitled to receive, then you can discuss with a truck accident attorney how much you should be awarded for each of your losses. It is important to keep in mind that the State doesset limitations in terms of what you can collect from the liable party you are suing and we will discuss this more in-depth down below.
Damages I Can Collect Compensation for After Engaging in a Truck Accident in Seattle, WA
Damages are classified as either noneconomic or economic damages. Economic damages are “verifiable monetary losses” including:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of earnings
- Burial costs
- Loss of use of property
- Cost of replacement or repair
- Cost of obtaining substitute domestic services
- Loss of employment
- Loss of business or employment opportunities
Economic damages are generally easier to place a value on as they include monetary losses that can be verified (i.e. medical bills, receipts for treatment, vehicle repair estimates, etc.).
Noneconomic damages are “subjective, nonmonetary losses” that include:
- Mental anguish
- Disability or disfigurement incurred by the injured party
- Emotional distress
- Loss of society and companionship
- Loss of consortium
- Injury to reputation and humiliation
- Destruction of the parent-child relationship
These types of damages are more difficult to value as they are not verifiable monetary losses.
How much am I limited to collecting for damages in the State of WA?
While the State has not set a limit a victim can recover for the economic damages he or she suffered as a result of the truck accident they were involved in, it has set one for noneconomic damages. According to RCW 4.56.250(2),“in no action seeking damages for personal injury or death may a claimant recover a judgment for noneconomic damages exceeding an amount determined by multiplying 0.43 by the average annual wage and by the life expectancy of the person incurring noneconomic damages, as the life expectancy is determined by the life expectancy tables adopted by the insurance commissioner.” When “determining the maximum amount allowable for noneconomic damages, a claimant’s life expectancy shall not be less than fifteen years.”
How can I find out what my truck accident case is worth?
The only way to tell how much you might recover for your damages is by having an experienced lawyer assess your case. If you would like to receive an estimate from a legal expert in the Seattle, WA area, contact Roberts Jones Law today.
Roberts Jones Law has an office near Seattle which is located at:
31620 23rd Avenue South, Suite 204
Federal Way, WA 98003