When you have been in some kind of personal injury accident, you are likely to consider filing a personal injury claim so that you can get compensation for the injuries you have suffered from. This is a completely reasonable step but it can also be a frustrating one. If you have never filed a legal claim before, this might be completely new territory for you and you may not be sure about the first steps to take. When this is the case, it is a good idea to reach out to the trusted team at the Law Offices of Arcadier, Biggie & Wood. Our team has helped many people who are just starting with their claim or feel that they may have gotten in over their heads with a personal injury claim already. Your lawyer will be able to help you value your claim and fight for fair compensation. Give our office a call now if you would like to start a consultation.
How do I know I even have a claim?
When you are in an accident, it is reasonable to ask yourself if you have any kind of claim. No one wants to feel silly starting the process of a legal claim just to find out they are wrong. However, this is one of the reasons it is a good idea to speak with an accident lawyer Melbourne, FL residents trust. When you go in for a consultation with a lawyer, they will be able to answer any questions you might have about the process and let you know what it would be like to file a claim in your specific case. Lawyers will be honest if they do not believe a case has what it needs to go through the claims process, so this will be a good first step.
What kinds of damages would I expect to get?
While this will of course depend on the circumstances surrounding your case, there are different types of damages you may expect to get. For example, you could likely expect to get compensatory damages after a personal injury accident. Compensatory damages include repayment for monetary losses you may be suffering from. These may include:
- Pain and suffering
- Property loss
- Loss of income and ability to work
- Medical bills and hospital stays
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Emotional stress experienced during and after the accident
These are just a few examples of compensatory damages. Another option for damages is punitive damages. This is certainly not something that is awarded in every case. However, you can expect to see punitive damages when the liable party’s actions were especially reckless or egregious. A judge will usually award these damages as a form of punishment against the liable party.
Getting into an accident can completely change your life. If you are hoping to work with a lawyer who can help you with your accident claim, call the Law Offices of Arcadier, Biggie & Wood.