Motor Vehicle Accident Value In Illinois

What is the value of my case? This is the single most common question we receive as lawyers, and it is also the single most difficult to answer if not experienced. The short answer is that every case is different, and the valuation of your claim will directly correspond to the facts, though, this is an oversimplification of a very complicated analysis. If you have any questions, call an attorney

Analyzing Vehicle Accident Case Value

There are various elements of damages plaintiffs are entitled to in an automobile accident case in Illinois. These include, but are not limited to, compensation for medical expenses related to the accident, pain and suffering, disability and disfigurement, and lost wages.

Medical Expenses

To recuperate medical expenses as it relates to a vehicle accident it is the plaintiffs burden to prove that the medical expenses were reasonable, necessary, and related to the accident.

Pain & Suffering

Pain and suffering is the legal term for the physical and emotional stress caused from an injury Some damages that might come under this category would be pain associated with the injury and with the treatment of the injury.

Disability & Disfigurement

Disability and disfigurement allow you to collect future damages right now. This relates to future disability related to the accident or disfigurement such as scarring or burns.

Lost Wages

Lost wages refer to wages that a plaintiff cannot earn because of their injury. To recover lost wages, a plaintiff must show that the accident resulted in missed time from work.

Lost income can include:

  • Lost wages for the duration you are unable to work because of your injury.
  • Lost earning capacity if you sustain a lasting disability from the accident which results in your inability to make as much money as you did before the accident occurred.
  • Lost opportunities, such as missing a job interview, missing work assignments, or missing benefits or promotions, while you are recovering from the injury sustained in the automobile accident.

To document lost wages, it is important to have (1) a letter from your physician linking your lost time or disability to the accident, (2) a letter from your employer verifying your time missed from work as well as your pay rate and/or salary, (3) A copy of the police report.

A Personal injury lawyer can help guide you through the process of a motor vehicle accident to ensure you receive the benefits and compensation you are legally entitled to. Car insurance companies will use their experience to limit the settlement amount.