It's a common thought by those injured to ask "what is my case really worth?" At Timothy J. Quick, P.C., we have the answer and it comes down to damages and figuring out what your injuries have cost you monetarily, physically, and mentally.
Figuring out the cost of an injury is often difficult, complex and overwhelming for a victim to calculate. By working with a proven personal injury lawyer, this not only makes the process easier for you, but potentially makes a significant difference in how much you eventually recover. At Timothy J. Quick, P.C., we have extensive experience representing people who have suffered catastrophic personal injuries at the hands of another throughout Virginia.
With most situations involving personal injury, if an attorney is unable to establish liability, the likelihood of you recovering damages is greatly reduced. Timothy J. Quick is highly trained with a proven record of success in Virginia and has the experience you need when handling any given personal injury situation & determining the potential value of it.
No two cases are alike & different circumstances weigh heavily when determining the value of a personal injury claim. Below are the different types of damages that are fairly common when calculating the value of a case.
Past & Future Medical Expenses
If injured, there are often medical expenses. With a personal injury claim, these medical expenses might include necessary and reasonable expenses incurred as a result of your injuries, both past & future costs. Medical expenses are fall under compensatory damages, which are meant to compensate the injured for their losses.
With a personal injury lawsuit, common medical expenses include hospital bills, diagnostic testing expenses, surgery costs, therapy and rehabilitation, costs of prescriptions & pain or suffering management. Timothy J. Quick, P.C. has extensive experience representing people in proving these expenses. In Virginia, necessary documentation for items such as hospital bills, treatment or prescription receipts or other documents showing the costs of your medical expenses will also be required.
The biggest value driver of any personal injury claim is your medical bills. You are entitled to recover the full amount of any reasonable and medically necessary medical bills causally related to the accident. This is true even if your own health insurance company covered any or all of those medical bills. The automobile insurance company for the at-fault driver does not get to reap the benefit of you having health insurance. You may also have medical expense benefits under your own automobile policy, or if you were a passenger in a vehicle, under that driver's policy, or even a family or household member's policy. It is important to understand insurance coverage and how it often may provide a double or triple recovery of your medical bills. An injured person should not try to navigate this on his or her own, as the automobile insurance company will not tell you this. And medical providers will often try to access your own medical expense benefits under your own automobile insurance company rather than bill your health insurance. When you work with an attorney at Timothy J. Quick, P.C., this will all be explained to you so you can maximize your recovery.
Pain & Suffering
Pain and suffering can be a very difficult case to win. Every case is different and a formula or chart that will guide you into calculating pain and suffering simply doesn't exist. An extensive and thorough evaluation by a personal injury attorney is needed for every injury, person injured & accident involved. It's not uncommon for two different individuals to have the same exact injury or symptoms, but one person suffers less than the other. In addition, one victim may have better proof with very detailed documentation & a more credible witness than another. Location can also play a factor with pain and suffering as one settlement or award may be offered in one part of Virginia, but less or more in another.
Just because you ask for more money, doesn't mean you'll necessarily receive it. Insurance companies are going to need some sort of proof from you. When you work with Timothy J. Quick, calculating pain and suffering will be discussed & the best strategy put in place given your situation.
Discussed in further detail below, pain and suffering represents the emotional distress (mental anguish) a person endures after being injured by the negligent acts of an at-fault party.
These often include:
- Temporary or permanent pain or discomfort
- Depression, anxiety, memory loss, insomnia & others
- Physical limitations
- Any other emotional or psychological trauma
Emotional Distress Or Mental Anguish
Emotional distress, also called mental anguish, is another big factor to consider in your personal injury claim. It is real and it can be debilitating. Including this within a claim and also proving it can be difficult as well. However, psychological symptoms are just as real as physical symptoms and are often suffered by victims due to the negligent or willful acts of another.
No matter the type of personal injury, many victims do experience varying types of emotional distress. Whether a car accident, a slip and fall accident in a construction zone, an aggressive dog that bites a person, or an accident that was potentially the result of a defective product within the vehicle itself, it's not uncommon for there to be lingering mental symptoms as a result.
These symptoms often include anxiety, depression, guilt, frustration, insomnia, bitterness & loss of consortium. It's not enough to simply claim you suffer from one of these symptoms; you will most likely need to provide evidence and clearly explain how those symptoms have affected you. At Timothy J. Quick, P.C., we can help you accomplish this.
Loss of Enjoyment of Life - this refers to a physical disability, such as a cosmetic deformity, that affects one's ability to live a normal life. If an accident or personal injury results in one losing enjoyment of life or the inability to share the amenities of life, reasonable compensation may be awarded for these damages.
Loss Of Wages & Earning Capacity
A Virginia personal injury victim may be able to recover any lost wages while recovering from an injury. This potentially includes lost wages for missing work days because of treatment or the inability to work because of the injury itself. And, if out of work for a longer period of time, a victim may be able to claim compensation under loss of future earnings.
Generally, in order to recover for the time that you missed from work, you have to prove that you actually suffered loss of income. Depending on whether you are an employee of a company or you are a business owner, there are certain things that you need to do to prove your loss of income to an insurance company, and if necessary to a judge or jury. It should be noted that the elements you will need to prove your claim will vary depending on the type of job you have and only by consulting with an injury lawyer, can you get advice that is applicable to your specific situation.
At Timothy J. Quick, P.C., we handle claims on a contingency fee basis, meaning we do not collect a fee unless we obtain a recovery for you. Since it costs you nothing, give our Tidewater or Hampton Roads law firm a call at 757-453-7674.
Permanent Disability Or Disfigurement
At Timothy J. Quick, P.C., we stress that it can be a long process to getting the money you believe you are entitled to when attempting to recover costs associated with an injury. This process can potentially be lengthened if you are not aware of the law and your rights as a victim. An accident that leaves you disfigured or with a permanent disability is no less complex of a situation than that of an individual who had the wrong limb removed during a surgical procedure. Establishing the degree of permanency and the value associated with that life-long injury can be established through the use of medical and financial experts. Learn what you may or may not be able to recover by working with an attorney who knows the ins and outs of personal injury law in Virginia.
Contact Timothy J. Quick, P.C. Today
If you have been involved in an accident or feel you are a victim of another's fault or negligence in Tidewater, Hampton Roads, or throughout Virginia, you must act quickly. Do not sign any medical releases or any other document the insurance company wants you to sign. Do not give a recorded statement to the at-fault driver's insurance company. And do not attempt to negotiate with the insurance company on your own. The sooner you hire an attorney, the better the chances of recovering damages & getting the compensation you deserve. Call us today at 1-757-453-7674 today for a free in-office consultation.