As San Jose auto accident lawyers, we get asked the question “How much is my case worth?” a lot. This question is difficult to answer as it depends on many factors. Every case is different, and the unique circumstances of your situation will affect how much your case is worth. We explain factors that can affect your case below.
Factors That Can Affect Your Auto Accident Case
We understand that you want to know how much you can expect from an auto accident settlement. However, there is no proven formula to determine exactly how much a case is worth. The amount of compensation you can recover generally depends on certain factors. These factors include, but are not limited to:
- Severity and extent of your injuries
- Medical bills
- Amount in lost wages
- Present and future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering caused by your injuries
- Comparative fault
Because of our experience trying these types of cases, as well as our knowledge of trends in recent trial results, we may be able to determine a general value for your claim. Generally, though, we need to complete an investigation and some discovery to determine your claim’s value.
Common Damages in an Auto Accident Case
If someone else’s negligence caused your auto accident and it resulted in injuries, one of our lawyers may be able to help you recover compensation for damages. There are two main types of damages that you may be able to recover in an auto accident claim. These two types of damages are:
These damages cover tangible expenses related to your accident. Economic damages may include:
- Past and future medical bills
- Past and future lost wages
- Loss of future earning potential
Noneconomic damages are more difficult to calculate because they are intangible. They may include:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium if you lost a loved one in the accident
You may also be entitled to punitive damages. Punitive damages are possible in certain situations if your case goes to trial and the jury finds the defendant’s actions were particularly negligent. For example, you may be able to recover punitive damages if the defendant was drunk driving.
Discuss Your Auto Accident With Our San Jose Auto Accident Attorneys
The attorneys at Needham Kepner & Fish LLP handle many types of auto accident cases, including car accidents and motorcycle accidents. If you have suffered injury or lost a loved one in an auto accident in San Jose or the surrounding Bay Area, we want to help. Call us at (408) 956-6949 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.