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Seven Factors that Will Affect Your Car Accident Settlement

October 15, 2020

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim

One of the most common questions people ask after being involved in a car crash is how much their settlement will be worth. It is impossible to determine an exact amount without fully examining the facts of a specific case. However, there are certain factors you can use as a guideline to determine how much you will receive. Below are the seven biggest factors that will affect your car accident settlement after a crash.

Your Medical Expenses

The bulk of damages in most personal injury cases are for medical expenses. It is important to not only include your current medical expenses in your claim, but any future medical costs you may incur, as well. You typically cannot file your claim until you have reached maximum medical improvement, or have received a final prognosis for your injuries. Only then can you be absolutely sure about the amount of damages you need.

Your Lost Income

Car accidents cause extremely serious injuries and there is a chance that you will be unable to return to work in the near future. Or, you may be able to return to work but may have to take a lot of time off to receive treatment for your injuries. Additionally, if your injuries are so severe that you cannot return to the same line of work in the future, you can also include that lost income in your claim.

Any Property Damage Incurred

It is likely that your vehicle was damaged during the crash. The negligent party’s property damage insurance policy can help cover the costs of repairing or replacing your car, and your own insurance policy may provide additional coverage, as well.

Out-of-Pocket Expenses

Pennsylvania law states that you should not have to pay for any costs of the accident if someone else’s negligence was the cause of the crash. Therefore, you can include any expenses you paid for out of your own pocket before receiving compensation. These costs may include the cost of a car rental, the cost of transportation to and from treatment, and the cost of prosthetic limbs.

The Impact on Your Life

A car accident can severely impact your life. Your injuries may prevent you from doing the things you once loved, taking part in social activities, and you may even become depressed and withdraw from the people you love. In Pennsylvania, you can claim non-economic damages for these losses. The four types of non-economic damages in the state include pain and suffering, embarrassment and humiliation, loss of ability to enjoy life, and disfigurement.

Your Own Fault

If you were partly at fault for the crash, you can still recover damages in Pennsylvania, as long as you were no more than 51 percent at fault. The other side will likely argue that you were negligent to reduce the amount they have to pay.

The Allentown Personal Injury Lawyer You Choose

The Allentown auto accident lawyer you choose to represent you in your case will make a difference in the amount of damages you recover. At van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim, our experienced attorneys know how to prove the other party was liable for your crash, and how to refute claims that you were at fault. We will conduct a thorough investigation and collect evidence to prove your case so you secure the full and fair settlement you deserve. Call us today at (215) 486-0123 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.


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