I sustained a serious injury in an accident and want to know how much is my personal injury claim worth?
The first thing that must be said before answering “how much is my personal injury claim worth?” is that no two claims are ever exactly alike – even when the injuries sustained are similar. The value of one person’s claim for the same injury sustained in the same accident can differ greatly depending on age, sex, the individual’s state of health prior to the injury, the affect the injury has on the individual’s quality of life and in some cases, their profession. Because of this, it is impossible to determine exactly how much someone’s claim is worth without knowing all of the facts of the situation.
When a potential plaintiff asks “how much is my personal injury claim worth?” they usually do not know of all of the elements that are accounted for in a personal injury claim. Compensation is given for general damages – which refer to the physical injury – and special damages, for out-of-pocket expenses, loss of earnings and non-anatomical emotional injuries.
When answering “how much is my personal injury claim worth?” your solicitor will rely on medical evidence from your own doctor, including your medical records which should show any attendances at hospital or with your GP that relates to your accident and any commissioned reports from specialist consultants, if applicable.
Since other factors, your “loss of amenity”, and emotional trauma you may have experienced and any quantifiable financial expenses should also be counted towards the value of your personal injury claim, it would be in your best interests to consult with a solicitor as soon as possible who can assess the specifics of your case and would be able to give you a more accurate estimation on what compensation you would be likely to receive.