The extent of damages that a person suffers in a car accident varies on a case-by-case basis. To be sure, some car accidents may be so cataclysmic as to leave an occupant with permanent disability and impairment, whereas other car accidents are scary, but a victim is left with minor injuries that heal in a matter of weeks.
Because the severity of a car accident can be so drastically different depending on the circumstances of the crash, it is impossible to provide an accurate estimate of a car accident claim value without a thorough investigation first. With that in mind, there are factors–in addition to damages–that can affect the value of a Worcester car accident claim. Here’s what you should know–
Factors that Affect Car Accident Value
Our Worcester car accident lawyers at the office of Tetzel Law, LLC can help you to understand the various factors that will affect the value of your car accident, including:
- Damages. First, and perhaps most influential on the value of your claim, is the value of damages that you have suffered. If you have suffered serious injuries, you maintain the right to seek compensation for the full value of your economic and noneconomic losses, including pain, suffering, medical expenses, loss of quality of life, property damage costs, lost wages, and more. The more severe your accident and injuries, the greater your economic damages award will be, and, likely, the greater your noneconomic damages award, too.
- Liability. You only maintain the right to file a claim for damages against another party if a) your injuries are serious (per Massachusetts’ no-fault law, found in Section 6D of Massachusetts General Laws) and b) you can prove that the other party’s negligence was the direct cause of your accident, and therefore that party should be held liable for your damages. If you contributed to your injuries in any way, the value of your claim may be reduced.
- Insurance policies available. Unfortunately, the reality of filing a Worcester car accident claim and recouping your full settlement amount is that regardless of damages or liability, the value of a claim often comes down to how much insurance money is available. If the at-fault party was not insured, or does not have enough insurance to fully cover your economic and noneconomic losses, then you may be unable to recoup what you deserve.
We Can Review Your Claim and Estimate Its Value Free of Charge
Before you bring forth a car accident claim for compensation in Worcester, you surely want to have a better understanding of what your claim may actually be worth. While it is impossible to provide an exact estimate without knowing all of the details of your case, our lawyers can review your case, free of charge, and provide you with an estimate of your potential settlement, as well as our opinion regarding your best course of action moving forward.
To schedule your free consultation with the car accident lawyers in Worcester at Tetzel Law, LLC, call us directly at 617-933-3858 or send us a message telling us more about your accident.