Valuation of Personal Injury Claims in an Auto Accident: You are Not Just a Number!

The valuation of a personal injury claim for injuries suffered in an auto accident can be quite challenging under the best of circumstances. Assuming liability and fault for the accident on the other driver, a person injured in an auto accident is entitled to recovery for a wide range of injuries and damages.

The damages that an injured person may recover in a car accident include recovery for medical expenses, non-medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, disfigurement and permanent injuries, aggravation of preexisting injuries, loss of consortium, loss of household services, and in exceptional cases, punitive damages.

In order to recover for these injuries and damages, the person must first prove that the injuries actually exist. They must then prove they were caused by the accident. These first two requirements alone can often be a challenge, particularly in cases where the person has soft tissue injuries or significant preexisting injuries or medical conditions. However, even once past these two seemingly straightforward requirements, the real challenge is in placing a value on each and every injury.

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