Suffering, an otherwise avoidable personal injury, can have devastating consequences on your life, though determining a dollar amount for this pain and suffering can be difficult. How exactly are the damages in a personal injury case calculated after all? Only a trained personal injury lawyer can answer that question, and attorney Robert White would like to do just that for you.
With many years of experience practicing law in the Texas area, Robert White has seen a little bit of everything over the course of his career. Down below he has offered a few tips on what options to keep in mind when trying to calculate your pain and suffering.
Understanding the Average Personal Injury Case
Not surprisingly, personal injury cases will be very different from one another depending on all kinds of factors. The actual kind of injury suffered is usually particularly important, and from light and moderate to disabling and fatal, more severe injuries will allow you to claim higher damages. The idea here is that more serious injuries result in more pain and suffering, and the damages should be higher to cover the offsetting costs.
There are three distinct ways to calculate damage amounts.
#1 Converting Special Damages
A personal injury will result in a number of very important special damages: these include medical expenses, cost of prescription medication, any lost wages suffered, and other related bills. By converting these special damages into more general damages, you can more easily claim specific amounts. For example, if you used to cook for yourself everyday and now are unable to do so, you can claim the amount it now costs for you to eat out more. However, if these general damages are not clearly related to your actual injury, you cannot claim them.
You can also take the total amount of special damages and multiply it by a specific multiplier. Usually falling between 1 and 5, the multiplier is a number based on many different factors, including the injury type.
#3 Per Diem
Much like using a multiplier, the per diem method also multiples your special damages by a specific amount. However, the damages are calculated based on the cost to you over each individual day. Multiplied by the number of days during which you have been affected by the injury, the per diem amount covers both past and future dates. Calculated life expectancy plays a role during this process.
Learn More About Your Personal Injury Case
An insurance company or other related party will try exploiting every legal loophole to deny you fair and just compensation, but that does not mean you cannot fight back. Attorney Robert White has many years in the industry fighting to get people the settlements they deserve, and his legal team can help you.
If you would like to learn more about the legal process involved or to request a free case review, contact one of attorney Robert White’s representatives and get started today. Only by hearing from you can we move forward.