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  • What is my Car Accident Claim Worth?

    Is my car accident injury claim worth pursuing?

    If you find yourself the victim of a car accident, you might ask yourself what the injury claim is worth.

    Should you hire a personal injury lawyer? Is your car accident injury claim even worth pursuing?

    Honestly, the real value of an injury claim cannot be determined until licensed professionals can adequately assess the details.

    Several things can affect your car accident injury claim’s worth.

    Here are several things that affect the worth of a car accident injury claim:

    Who is at fault for your car accident?

    To pursue an injury claim, you must be able to prove fault. Actually, determining liability is the most crucial aspect of assessing the value of any injury claim.

    In law, negligence must be proven to assign fault. The burden of proof lies in the hands of the plaintiff.

    If the plaintiff and defendant share liability, or if no fault can be proven, the injury claim may not be worth much, if anything.

    This is why establishing fault within the definition of the law is very important when pursuing injury claims.

    Did the car accident cause any special damages?

    Special damages are damages that can easily be defined and calculated.

    Usually, these damages include past and future medical expenses, financial losses such as wages, benefits, or the capacity to earn, and any other damages to which hard numbers can be assigned.

    For future losses and medical expenses, your attorney may be required to hire a financial expert to assess the situation professionally.

    Does the other person have car insurance?

    One of the most important things to consider when estimating your car accident claim’s worth is whether or not the guilty party had car insurance.

    In Missouri, drivers are required to carry car insurance.

    Unfortunately, that is not always the case.

    Even if the driver does have car insurance, the type of insurance they have will also play a role in determining how much compensation you will receive.

    Related: Can I receive car accident compensation with insurance?

    Did the car accident cause any incalculable damages?

    The incalculable damages are more difficult to define, as these are considered longer-lasting effects with less definable values.

    These sorts of expenses include past and future mental/emotional damage, pain & suffering, disfigurement, disabilities, and disorders.

    These sorts of damages always hold up better with professional documentation from Doctors and other healthcare professionals.

    Should I hire a car accident lawyer?

    The answer to this question is usually always yes.

    However, every case is unique.

    Consequently, it is a good idea to have a car accident attorney look over your claim and give their professional opinion.

    If you do find yourself in a car, motorcycle, or truck accident, first, see a doctor, then talk to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

    Be sure to take pictures of what happened, and document as much evidence of the wreck as possible.

    You want an attorney who fights zealously for you, but also understands what you are going through. If another driver’s negligence leaves you with severe injuries, you deserve compensation.

    Speak with a St. Charles Car Accident Attorney

    Suddarth & Koor has experience handling car accident cases in St. Charles, O’Fallon, and the surrounding Missouri areas.

    We strive to create a stress-free environment where you can discuss your personal injury case and your needs.

    We handle all types of claims, from car accidents to medical malpractice to workers’ compensation.