A person is injured in a car crash every seven seconds in the U.S., according to the National Safety Council. Americans spend more than one million days in hospitals each year due to car accident injuries, keeping them away from work and their normal lives. For injury victims and their families, the consequences of a vehicle accident can create a significant hardship and affect their lives for years to come. In Alabama, as in other states, accident victims are able to pursue a personal injury claim against the driver responsible for their injuries to obtain compensation that can help them recover as fully as possible. However, many accident victims are unsure of their rights and may agree to less compensation than they deserve, or they may fail to file a claim at all. It’s important to understand the value of your injury claim and what helps determine that value.
Compensation Provided by an Alabama Personal Injury Claim
Being injured in a car accident can affect all aspects of your life, as well as the lives of your family. State law recognizes this and allows victims to file an injury claim, which can provide compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Future medical bills
- Future lost wages
- Property damage
- Home and vehicle modification
- Pain and suffering
Factors That Affect the Value of a Car Accident Claim
While all accident victims may have rights to compensation, the actual amount obtained by victims varies, depending on the unique circumstances of each crash. Some of the main factors that affect the value of a claim include:
- Nature of injuries. The type of injury sustained in the accident is important. A person who suffers a catastrophic injury, such as an amputation or paralysis, would likely deserve a higher settlement than someone who suffered a broken arm. Typically, medical bills would be higher, and the victim would experience more suffering, both of which would factor into the value of the claim.
- Future prognosis. If the victim suffered long-lasting injuries and need significant care in the future, he will likely obtain a higher amount of compensation to treat those injuries and address its effect on his daily life. While it is more difficult to determine compensation for medical complications and treatments that haven’t yet occurred, physicians and other experts can help provide a reliable view into the most likely future scenarios.
- Fault. Alabama takes a very strict approach to fault and compensation. Under the state’s contributory negligence rule, if the victim shares any amount of fault for the crash, he is unable to recover any compensation. It’s extremely important, then, to present a clear and compelling case for the other driver’s complete responsibility.
An Experienced Attorney Can Help You Understand Your Claim
While it’s impossible to state exactly how much a claim is worth, an experienced attorney can help accident victims gain a better understanding of their individual situation. Having navigated this process with other victims just like you, a personal injury lawyer can learn more about your circumstances and explain the type of compensation to expect. This way, victims and their families can decide how best to move forward after an accident and injury.
At Lattof & Lattof, PC, our experienced legal team understands that the time after a car accident can be difficult. Our lawyers are here to answer your questions and take action on a potential injury claim. We will stand up for your rights, and we charge no fees unless we make a recovery in your case. Call our Mobile office today, or take a moment to fill out the contact form on this page to learn more about how we may be able to help.