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July 13, 2020

How to Calculate a Personal Injury Settlement in California 

Accidents in California often cause a lot of negative issues for those who suffer them. Your accident has likely caused you to be injured; injuries like brain trauma, broken bones, spinal damage, whiplash, and many others are all too common in serious accidents. Your injuries could cause you pain, mental anguish, loss of income, and lost life enjoyment.

In addition, your injuries could be forcing you to pay for medical treatment and caregiving expenses. If your injury is especially serious, you could be faced with negative life changes. You might not be able to return to work, for instance.

If you’ve been hurt in an accident, you might be thinking about filing a personal injury claim to receive a settlement. How much will you receive in a settlement? To answer that question you will need to learn how to calculate a personal injury settlement in California.

Adding Up Your Damages

To figure out how much you could receive in a settlement if you win your case, you will need to start by adding up all of the damages you suffered because of your accident. Financial damages could include lost wages, medical costs, property damage, caregiving expenses, costs of mental health treatment, and costs of physical therapy, among others.

Nonfinancial damages could include losses like pain and suffering, mental anguish, lost life enjoyment, disfigurement, and permanent injury.

The financial damages simply need to be added up for you to know how much you should be compensated. You can include financial damages that you can reasonably expect to face in future, such as future medical treatment costs or lost income.

To calculate nonfinancial damages, you will have to come up with an amount of money you believe evens out the scales. If you have suffered disfigurement, how much money do you believe will set things right? 

Nonfinancial damages can be more difficult to calculate, but a personal injury lawyer can help you pin down an amount. They can compare your case to similar cases in California to give you an idea as to what your settlement might be worth.

Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer in California

Every case is unique, so no one can tell you with absolute certainty what it’s worth. However, understanding how to calculate a personal injury settlement in California will give you a good idea. Talk with a personal injury lawyer in California about your case in a free case assessment. Reach the Law Offices of Gary K. Walch, a Law Corporation by filling out the form below or by calling 818-222-3400

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