What Should be Included in My SettlementWhat should be included in my settlement? You are probably asking this question because you were injured in an accident that was not your fault.
The accident was caused by the negligence of another party. The insurance company of the other party has made you a settlement offer.
Should you accept it? Is it a fair settlement offer? What is included in the offer?
Minor and superficial
If your injury is minor and superficial, you can probably decide for yourself whether the settlement you are being offered is fair and enough. On the other hand, if your injury is serious and severe, you are going to need the advice and assistance of a personal injury attorney in order to get all of the monetary settlement you deserve.
With this in mind, what is involved in a fair and adequate settlement? What are some of the things that should be included in your settlement?
One thing that definitely should be included in your settlement is your medical expenses. Has your injury caused you to incur large medical expenses? Will your injury require ongoing and future medical expenses? Your settlement should include both current and future medical expenses,
Another thing that should be included in your settlement is any income you will lose if you are not able to work and/or any loss of earning capacity that your injury has brought about. Will you have to miss work for several weeks or months? Will your earning capacity be affected? If so, this should be included in your settlement.
Has your injury left you with some kind of permanent disability? Will it keep you from doing the job you had before the accident? Has your injury caused you to be permanently and totally disabled.? Again, if this is the case, this should be included in your settlement.
Another thing that should be included in your settlement is rehabilitation. Will you need rehabilitation before you can return to the job you had before the accident? Or, will you need retraining to do another type of job because of your injury. The cost of rehabilitation and/or retraining should be included in your settlement.
Pain and suffering
Compensation for the pain and suffering you have experienced as a result of your injury should be included in your settlement. This is one of the many reasons why you will need the help and advice of a personal injury attorney in order to get all of the settlement that is rightfully yours.
How do you put a price on pain and suffering? A personal injury attorney will know how to place a monetary value on your pain and suffering.
In addition, depending on the nature and severity of your injury, there may be things like emotional trauma, disfigurement, damaged property or loss of consortium that should be included in your settlement. Again, this is why you need the representation of a personal injury attorney to get all of the settlement you deserve.
The wise thing to do is to contact a personal injury attorney and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you.
Article written by James Shugart
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