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Personal Injury Compensation

When you read about lawsuits in the news, they seem so simple – a nicely laid out framework of complaints or allegations resulting in concrete monetary compensation. But where does this magical figure come from? How can you really determine how much damage an accident actually causes? Isn’t it all just subjective?

The truth is, yes, some parts of the damages from an accident are subjective. There’s no magical equation which tells you how to calculate the worth of emotional trauma in dollars and cents. However, there are also several components to a complete personal injury claim which you should consider before filing:

  • Medical care: You may be entitled to be compensated for any medical bills you incur as a result of the accident.
  • Lost income: If you are injured and undergoing medical treatment, or if you are in recovery after treatment, it is very likely that you will miss quite a lot of work. Therefore, you may be entitled to be compensated for any wages you “lost” by not working.
  • Damaged property: If the accident also damaged your property, you can claim compensation for that as well.
  • Permanent disability or disfigurement: If an accident results in your permanent physical disability or disfigurement, you may be eligible for compensation based on the probable effect the disability/disfigurement will have on you in the future.
  • Emotional damage: Another difficult issue. Traumatic accidents very frequently will have emotional repercussions, not to mention cause strain in relationships. You may claim compensation here as well, but any conversion of emotional trauma to money is very subjective.

The best way to proceed after reading through this checklist is to talk to the insurance companies and find a competent lawyer to assist you in deciding the terms of your claim. Contact a Sheboygan personal injury lawyer from Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at (920) 459-8000 to discuss your case.