What Can You Anticipate Receiving From A Car Accident Settlement?

As a St. Louis personal injury attorney, I understand the urgency and concern that come with being involved in a car accident, especially when dealing with mounting medical bills and financial pressures during a period of work absence.

It is crucial to explore your compensation options and accurately assess the damages you are entitled to recover.

Understanding Damages in Missouri Personal Injury Cases

The compensation in personal injury cases is closely linked to the damages or losses incurred. In Missouri, you may be eligible to claim compensation for several types of damages related to your car accident, including:

Medical Expenses

Car accidents often result in severe injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and fractures, which can lead to significant medical costs.

These costs might include emergency treatment, hospital stays, surgeries, physical or occupational therapy, diagnostic tests (X-rays, MRIs, ultrasounds), and ongoing medical consultations.

You can seek compensation for both current and anticipated future medical expenses. As your attorney, I will work with medical experts to project the ongoing care needs and associated costs.

Lost Earnings

Injuries from car accidents may necessitate taking time off from work, impacting your income and benefits. Compensation can cover lost wages, bonuses, commissions, and utilized benefits like sick leave and PTO.

To substantiate these claims, evidence such as pay stubs, employer letters, or tax returns will be used.

If your injuries affect your long-term capacity to earn, compensation may also be sought for diminished earning potential, evaluated with the help of economic experts considering factors such as age, health, and career trajectory.

Property Damage

If your vehicle was damaged in the accident, you are entitled to claim the costs for repairs or replacement.

Pain and Suffering

Unlike tangible damages, pain and suffering compensation covers non-economic losses and includes physical pain, emotional distress, mental anguish, and reduced quality of life.

Missouri law does not impose caps on these damages for car accident cases. Evidence from medical professionals, family, colleagues, and friends can be instrumental in illustrating the impact of your injuries on your life.

The value of these damages is typically assessed by juries or insurance adjusters.

Factors Influencing the Value of Your Car Accident Claim

Several variables can affect the value of your car accident claim:

  • The nature and severity of your injuries
  • The degree of fault of the involved parties
  • Any lasting disabilities caused by the accident
  • Pre-existing health conditions
  • The overall impact of the accident on your life
  • The expertise and strategy of your personal injury attorney

Get Expert Legal Help Today

Understanding the value of your personal injury case is complex and requires professional insight. For a precise evaluation and to maximize your compensation, reach out to us.

We offer a free case evaluation to discuss your specific circumstances and provide experienced guidance on your legal rights and options.

Contact Sansone & Lauber today to ensure you receive the full compensation you deserve for your losses.