Determining the value of a personal injury case can be complicated as it not only depends on the severity of your injuries but also on your state’s shared liability laws. Further, the type of personal injury case will also impact how much the personal injury case is worth.
If you or a loved one were involved in an accident in Washington, DC, Virginia, or Maryland, the personal injury attorneys of Regan Zambri Long PLLC can help determine how much your personal injury case is worth.
One of the first things a victim of an accident will say is that they were not at fault for the accident. However, proving if you share in any of the faults in an accident can be a complex, but critical part of determining the value of your claim.
This is why lawyers must have a thorough understanding of each state’s liability laws.
Washington, DC is one of the few states that still follow contributory negligence laws when it comes to establishing fault in personal injury cases.
Under contributory negligence, if the plaintiff (victim) contributed to the accident in any way, they are not entitled to any compensation from the defendant. This is often used as a defense by the party being sued for negligence in a personal injury case. However, there are exceptions to DC contributory negligence such as an employee suing their employer for unsafe work environments.
Moreover, for the defendant to successfully use contributory negligence as a defense, the defendant will need to prove that the plaintiff’s negligent behavior contributed to their injuries.
Virginia also follows contributory negligence law meaning that if the injured party is even one percent to blame for the accident and the resulting injuries, they cannot recover compensation from the accident.
Unfortunately, without the help of a personal injury attorney, it can be difficult to come back from a claim that you shared in the blame for an accident and resulting injuries. But, an experienced Virginia personal injury attorney can help.
Maryland is another state that follows contributory negligence laws when it comes to personal injury claims. Much like Virginia and Washington, DC, it can be difficult to handle a personal injury case on your own because of contributory negligence.
And, failing to secure representation can result in being barred from any financial recovery, even if you were truly not at fault.
No one ever plans to be involved in an accident, but if it happens to you, you will want to know that the injuries you sustained will not be your financial burden to bear.
However, the type of accident you are involved in can greatly impact the value of your claim. Some of the most common types of personal injury cases we see at Regan Zambri Long include:
While on face value you may not think these can result in a major change in the case worth for your claim, it actually can. For example, if you are involved in a car accident that results in your vehicle being totaled, being permanently disabled, and in need of long-term healthcare, you are likely to receive more compensation than someone who twists their ankle in the grocery store parking lot but recovered in a week.
The severity of your injuries and the total value of the property damage you incurred will also play a major role in determining how much your personal injury case is worth.
Just as the type of accident can impact the total value of your personal injury case, so too can the types of damages you can recover.
In general, following a personal injury accident, you may be entitled to compensation for the following losses:
Additionally, you may also be entitled to non-economic damages, though they are more difficult to calculate. These losses include:
While you may not receive larger compensation amounts from settling out of court as opposed to taking the case to trial, it does come with its financial benefits.
In general, most personal injury cases are settled out of court because it is less expensive, faster, and less risky for both parties involved. This is because when you add in attorney fees and court costs, you may end up missing out on some of your awards. And, if the case does go to court, you run the risk of the defendant coming up with information that hurts the stability of your claim.
In addition, even if the financials end up being similar, the emotional stress you will likely endure can cost you time away from work, and extend the length of your physical recovery.
If you are looking for ways to get the most compensation for your personal injury case, the biggest thing you can do is hire an experienced personal injury attorney who works in the area of injury your accident occurred. You will want to do the following:
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Were you or a loved one injured by someone else’s negligence? If so, you are likely already experiencing how quickly one moment of lapsed judgment can result in a lifetime of financial instability and physical recovery.
But, if negligence was on the part of another individual, company, or employer, who caused your injuries or a loved one’s death, then you may be entitled to compensation to cover these costs.
At Regan Zambri Long, we work with personal injury victims in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia who need help determining the value of their claim and securing legal representation. Backed by more than 100 years of combined experience, the personal injury lawyers of Regan Zambri Long can help you fight against the negligent party to secure the compensation you need to move forward from the accident. Our team has secured millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for injury victims and we can do the same for you.
For a no-obligation, free consultation to find out how much your personal injury case is worth contact the personal injury lawyers of Regan Zambri Long by calling 202-960-4596 or connecting with us online.