Many personal injury claimants walk away without the full value of their claim. This is often because they do not fully value their claim after becoming injured or they make one of several other mistakes. Fortunately, when working closely with a personal injury attorney, you will be better able to seek the maximum compensation for your injuries.
Don't Assume That You Only Can Make One Type of Claim
Some plaintiffs wrongly assume that they are limited to only one type of claim. However, you may be entitled to damages for non-economic damages as well as economic damages. For example, you may not only seek compensation for lost wages and medical expenses, but also for pain, suffering, and other damages that are difficult to quantify. Pain and suffering not only applies to the pain that you suffer from your injuries, but also the emotional trauma you might have suffered from.
Don't Forget About Property Damage
Any property damage you have suffered will leave you entitled to compensation. For example, if a product caught on fire and not only caused you to become injured but also caused damage to your property, seek compensation for the damage done to your property.
Don't Forget About Your Diminished Quality of Life
A personal injury claim not only takes into account the current damages that you have suffered but also takes into consideration the impact that your injuries will have on your life in the long-term. For example, if you are not able to enjoy the aspects of your life that you previously enjoyed, you may deserve compensation for this. if you are not able to work as many hours as you previously could at your job or you are forced to seek a less lucrative line of work, you may be entitled to lost wages or future potential earnings.
Don't Forget to Speak With a Personal Injury Attorney
Your personal injury attorney will understand what types of claims are the most likely to be approved in your state. Your first step will usually be to seek compensation from the insurance provider of the defendant if relevant. However, in some cases, the only party whom you may seek compensation from is the defendant directly. In some cases, you may be able to settle, but this also depends on the party at fault. If you are forced to take your case to court, your personal injury attorney will help you understand what to expect from the jury.