If you have been injured in a Massachusetts car accident, you may wish to file a personal injury claim to recover the compensation you need for your medical bills and other accident-related expenses. The best way to estimate the value of your personal injury claim is to consider how your insurance company will evaluate it. The value of your accident (and claim), will be determined by the type and severity of the injuries you have suffered, and the degree to which each party involved was found to be at fault for the accident itself.
There are several types of damages which qualify for personal injury compensation.
A Massachusetts car accident can leave you with severe or critical injuries. Any medical expenses that you’ve incurred may qualify for personal injury compensation. This includes medical treatment, doctor’s visits, hospital expenses, physical therapy, and any necessary medical devices such as a neck brace or crutches.
Pain and suffering
You may receive personal injury compensation for physical pain or suffering. This also includes emotional suffering due to a permanent scar or disfigurement. Compensation will be based on the severity of the pain, and the length of time the pain or suffering may be expected to last.
Mental anguish may also qualify for personal injury compensation. This might include fright, anxiety, nervousness, shock, grief and/or embarrassment. You may also suffer from mental anguish due to the inability to continue with your daily activities.
You can recover any money that you would have earned between the time of your injury and your settlement. If you weren’t employed at the time of your injury, you may recover lost wages if you are able to prove that you could have worked during that time period.
Fault is a major determining factor in personal injury compensation. After being involved in a Massachusetts car accident, you will usually know to what degree each person was at fault. Massachusetts is a modified comparative negligence state, meaning you may be entitled to compensation if the other party was 51% or more responsible for your car accident and resulting injuries. Based on this, a claims adjuster will reduce compensation by your percentage of comparative fault.
The specific amount of compensation you may be entitled to will be based on the specifics of your Massachusetts car accident. Speaking with a qualified Massachusetts personal injury attorney is crucial in determining if you have merit for a Massachusetts personal injury lawsuit and what your injury claim may be worth.