4 Factors for Determining Your Car Accident Settlement
These factors will impact your Car Accident Settlement
When you are involved in a serious car accident, you need to get treatment for your injuries, deal with the property damage, and find a path forward. If someone else caused the accident, part of that path is compensation for your damages. Many factors go in to whether you can receive compensation, and how much you might receive. A personal injury attorney can help you navigate those factors and get the settlement you deserve.
1. Evidence of Fault
Fault for the accident serves as a threshold issue. If you are more than 50% responsible, you will not receive a settlement. Proving the other driver is completely responsible, or at least bears more than half of the fault, is the first step. The police report, witness accounts, camera footage, and other evidence from the scene all play a part in showing fault in the accident.
2. Medical Costs
Medical costs provide an important part of the settlement. Make sure you save records of examinations and treatments for your injuries. In Wisconsin, your damages include the cost of treatment, rather than just your out of pocket payments. Whether insurance covered the cost or not, you should include that in the evidence you share with your attorney.
3. Impact on Work and Life
Some injuries make it difficult or impossible for you to continue working, either temporarily or permanently. Wages lost are an important consideration. Your attorney can help you calculate what you would have expected to earn, and therefore what you have lost in work wages. In addition, losses for enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and the value of what you can no longer do at home all become part of the damages to which you are entitled.
Your life can change dramatically after a car accident. Before you agree to a settlement amount, take the time to meet with an experienced attorney who can help you understand all you are entitled to receive. Contact Eisenberg Law Offices online or at (608)256-8356 to learn more.