By Shaun Murphy
Accidents can happen at any time. When an accident causes real harm and distress, a Palm Springs personal injury attorney can help.
How Does an Attorney Help My Case?
Your attorney will begin by assessing the damages, the amount of money that will compensate you fairly for medical costs, and for pain and suffering. An attorney considers liability, or who is responsible for the accident, and looks at the sources of collection, such as medical insurance, and the assets of the person responsible for the injury. Doing due diligence such as researching this information ensures your attorney knows how much you can expect to receive.
Your Palm Springs Personal Injury Attorneys at SBEMP Fight for You
It is unusual for a personal injury case to go to trial. In fact, 95% of these cases are settled out of court. However, in order to present the strongest case to the other side, your lawyer will begin by considering what a jury would be likely to award. Your attorney must be able to prove your case by a preponderance of the evidence. Your attorney researches the evidence so that your case gives the most likely explanation for what happened. A court trial is expensive. If the other side sees that your lawyer is prepared for trial, they will be more likely to settle with you.
What Would Cause My Amount to Be Reduced?
If you did something to contribute to the accident, or to making your injuries worse, your award might be reduced because of contributory negligence. For example, if you don’t wear a seat belt, then you have some responsibility for your injuries, even if the other driver is at fault.
What Kind of Settlement Should I Expect?
A fair settlement should do more than just pay your immediate medical bills. Our experienced Palm Springs personal injury lawyers will make sure that the doctor’s prognosis is taken into account. Future medical bills, loss of past and present income, and limitations on what you can do should be included in the settlement. You should also receive funds to treat any previous injury that was made worse by the accident. There is no legal limitation on the size of the award.
You may also be entitled to an award for pain and suffering, which covers emotional pain from the accident itself and the medical treatment. It should also compensate you for having to give up activities you once enjoyed. If the doctor recommends surgery, you should get damages for medical costs and pain and suffering, even if you decide to put the operation off until later
As you can see, getting a fair settlement for your injury is complicated. Rely on our experienced Palm Springs personal injury attorneys to get you the fullest possible award.