What Is Your Personal Injury Case Worth?

It's common for people who have been injured to ask "what is my case really worth?" At QuickLegal.net, we work to answer that question. The damages in each case are different. It comes down to figuring out what your injuries have cost you monetarily, physically and mentally.

Calculating damages is usually too complex for victims. In fact, many people undervalue their case because they don't understand the elements of compensation. Working with proven personal injury lawyers not only makes the process easier for you, but potentially makes a significant difference in how much you eventually recover. We have extensive experience representing people throughout Virginia who have suffered injuries due to negligence of others, including severe and permanent injuries.

Timothy J. Quick is highly trained, with a proven record of success. He has the experience you need when handling any given personal injury situation and determining the potential value of it. Below are the different types of damages that commonly apply when calculating the value of a case.

Past And Future Medical Expenses

You are entitled to compensation for necessary and reasonable medical expenses incurred as a result of your injuries. This includes bills already incurred, as well as future medical care you will likely need. With a personal injury lawsuit, common medical expenses include hospital bills, diagnostic testing expenses, surgery costs, therapy and rehabilitation, costs of prescriptions, and pain management. The legal team at Timothy J. Quick, P.C. (QuickLegal.net) has extensive experience documenting these damages. We work with clients and medical providers to understand the extent of injury and the prognosis for recovery, in order to get a realistic gauge on future medical care. Medical bills are the biggest value driver of most personal injury claims. 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 the policy of a member of the family or household.

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 our attorneys, this will all be explained to you so you can maximize your recovery.

Pain And 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 QuickLegal.net Today

If you have been involved in an accident or feel you are a victim of another's fault or negligence in the Tidewater area or throughout Virginia, you are advised speak to an attorney as soon as possible. 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 our attorneys, the better the chances of recovering damages & getting the compensation you deserve. Call us today at 1-757-453-7674 or 800-588-8130 for a free in-office consultation. You can also fill out our online form and we will respond soon.

The law firm of Timothy J. Quick, P.C., has offices in Virginia Beach, Hampton and Manassas, enabling us to help accident victims statewide. There no attorney fees unless we recover compensation.