May 11, 2018

Injuries Don’t End with Healing:  Getting Compensation is the Next Step in the Process

Serious injury victims often face months of rehabilitation and recovery. So, it’s only natural that they want to move on after the injury. But there is still the matter of compensation, because most victims accumulate huge medical bills during this process. Often, these expenses exceed $100,000. On top of that, there is a loss of enjoyment in life. That loss is often permanent, at least to an extent.

An attorney can help you obtain the compensation you deserve for both these types of injuries. Moreover, an aggressive lawyer will fight for you. That spirit gives you the peace of mind of knowing that you are doing everything possible to improve your family’s life.

Compensation for Economic Injuries

The aforementioned medical bills are usually the largest component of economic damages. Very few health insurance companies cover injury-related expenses, so the victims are almost always financially responsible for these charges.

But if your injury occurred because of someone else’s negligence, another party may be legally responsible for these charges. While we all make negligent mistakes from time to time, we must all face the consequences of those mistakes. And that’s the essence of a legal claim for damages.

To relieve the immediate financial pressure on victims, attorneys usually send letters of protection to third-party providers. These letters guarantee payment when the case is resolved. Therefore, most clients of our law firm pay nothing upfront for medical treatment.

Other types of economic damages include lost wages and property loss. Many victims are out of work for several weeks or months, and their families count on this money to pay bills. Moreover, many car crashes involve the loss of a family vehicle. You deserve compensation not only for the financial value of that car, but for its emotional value as well.

Compensation for Noneconomic Losses

Most serious injury victims must also deal with pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment in life, emotional distress, loss of consortium (companionship), and other intangible losses.

To fairly ascertain these losses, attorneys use several methods. In one, attorneys calculate a per diem value for your pain and suffering. Another more common method involves a multiple of the economic damages. Medical bills and other such losses are easy to calculate. An attorney can use this figure to estimate noneconomic damages. The multiple takes into account factors like:

  • The nature and extent of your injuries,
  • Expected recovery time,
  • Permanent nature of any injuries, and
  • The effect your disability had on friends and family.

Attorneys also factor in some legal issues as well, such as the strength of the victim/plaintiff’s evidence and the strength of any insurance company defenses.

To obtain compensation for both these kinds of losses, victim/plaintiffs must establish liability by a preponderance of the evidence (more likely than not). Although that’s the lowest standard of proof under Ohio law, an attorney must still work hard to gather the witness statements, medical records, and other evidence required.

The assertive attorneys at are ready to help you make the strongest claim possible for the compensation you deserve, so reach out to them today.