How Much is My Case Worth in California?
If you or a loved one was involved in an accident, you may feel overwhelmed, especially if you have to deal with severe injuries. Things can take a turn for the worse if your injuries require continuing medical care or costly surgeries. During these trying times, you may wonder how you will be able to cover all of your expenses.
At the Law Offices of Bamieh & De Smeth, PLC, our California personal injury lawyers can help you hold the liable parties accountable for your injuries. Thanks to our years of experience, we can fight aggressively and strategically to obtain the compensation you deserve. To learn more about your case in a free, confidential consultation, call our offices today at (805) 643-5555.
How Much Compensation Can I Expect from My Legal Case?
It is impossible to determine exactly how much compensation you can expect from your case without taking certain factors into consideration. Every case is different, and as such, there may be variables that can drastically change the compensation to which you are entitled. For this reason, no lawyer can accurately tell you how much you can expect from your particular case without going over the details with you.
In the end, it is the jury who will assess how much your claim is worth. Some of the variables that can affect the amount of compensation you recover from your injuries include the following:
The Extent of the Damage
One of the things that will significantly impact how much you may be entitled to is the extent of your injuries. Every day, thousands of people are injured in across the country; many are victims of accidents, such as slips and falls or workplace injuries, while others are involved in car accidents, bike accidents, and other events with a higher chance of a severe, life-altering injury. The more severe your injury, the better your chances at being fairly compensated. However, the compensation to which you may be entitled is not granted automatically. We explain this process below.
The Impact of the Injuries on Your Life
One of the ways to justify compensation is to show how your injuries affect your life. You may be able to show that your injuries prevent you from enjoying all the things you used to do before your accident. For instance, you can show how your injuries affect your ability to work, perform daily tasks, or even spend quality time with family.
You can also show how dealing with your injuries has placed you under financial duress. Most injuries require medical attention, and in some severe cases, injuries may require continuing treatment or surgeries, which can quickly add up. Showing these and other facts to the court can increase your chances of obtaining the compensation you deserve for your losses.
The Liable Parties in Your Accident
This may not sound as important at first, but identifying the liable parties can give you an idea of how much compensation you can obtain for your losses. For instance, if you are involved in a car accident with a negligent driver, knowing what insurance they carry can help you pay for things such as medical care and damage to your property.
Furthermore, you may have been a victim of a workplace injury caused by a negligent employer whose oversight caused your hardship. While many employers have insurance in place for injuries stemming from job-related accidents, you may have a chance at filing a personal injury lawsuit for gross negligence. Our personal injury attorneys can help you determine whether you should file a formal lawsuit against your employer.
Proving Negligence to Obtain Compensation in California
As stated earlier, obtaining compensation for your injuries is not an automatic process; first, you need to show that the liable party was negligent. Establishing negligence in a personal injury case requires proving four essential elements with the court, starting with how the responsible party owed you a duty of care. For instance, you need to prove that an at-fault driver owed you a duty to operate their vehicle safely.
Second, you will need to show that the defendant in your case breached their duty of care. This means the at-fault driver failed to operate their car safely. Third, you will need to show that the breach of duty caused your injuries. Lastly, you will need to prove that you suffered losses which justify the concession of compensation. For instance, you can show the court that you incurred medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Most or all of your expenses can be compensated by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party. Our personal injury attorneys are ready to hold the responsible parties accountable for your losses.
California Personal Injury Attorneys Offering Free Consultations
After experiencing an accident and suffering severe injuries, it is easy to feel hopeless or defeated. The last thing you probably want to think about in such a problematic situation is getting into a legal battle against the at-fault party. However, you don’t have to be alone during this trying time. At the Law Offices of Bamieh & De Smeth, PLC, our California personal injury attorneys are ready to fight for the compensation you deserve. Let our experience, dedication, and skill work for you. To discuss the specific circumstances surrounding your case, call our law offices today at (805) 643-5555.