I was in an automobile accident and is there any way I can estimate how much compensation I will receive if I sue?

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There are many variables that make up the foundation for a lawsuit. It is really impossible to answer specifically how much compensation you will receive.

First of all, was the accident your fault or did somebody else cause the collision? Were you hurt and taken to a hospital directly from the scene of the accident? Did you only notice the next day you were hurt and drove yourself to see your doctor or an Urgent Care facility? Was your injury so severe it required surgery and physical therapy or chiropractic care? All of these factors have to be considered to determine what are called “special damages”. These damages also consist of loss of earnings due to your injury, loss of future earnings, property damage, loss of use of the vehicle and possibly towing and storage.

In addition to being compensated for your “special damages” you would also be entitled to what are known as “general damages”. These damages are commonly known as pain and suffering that you endured because of the accident. It is much more difficult to calculate your general damages without knowing the type of injury you sustained, your level of pain and discomfort and your loss of enjoyment of life, etc. In the event your case goes to trial, however many cases settle prior, this is all to be determined by the 12 people that sit in the jury box or by the judge should you waive a jury trial.

I hope this answers your questions. If you wish, you may contact me and schedule a consultation to discuss your case in detail, is totally free.

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