A car crash can turn your life around. Serious injuries can leave you bedridden or disabled and unable to lead your everyday life. You may not even be able to go to work which may affect your finances in the face of substantial medical bills. Compensation may be the only way out of the situation you find yourself in.
So, how much can you recover from your car accident claim?
It depends on your damages and other factors
Your settlement package will depend on the extent of your injuries and the damages caused. Some of the damages, such as the cost of treatment or lost wages, can be easily quantified and calculated. However, the other damages that are not so obvious, such as the pain and suffering or emotional anguish caused by the injuries, may not be as straightforward. However, they can be significant to your compensation.
Your contribution to the accident will likely affect the compensation due to you in line with the state’s contributory negligence laws. You would typically receive less if you had some fault.
Unlike other states that apply a damage cap on personal injury cases, you can recover all the damages from your personal injury as long as you prove them. New York laws do not provide a cap on compensatory damages.
Be well prepared
The damages you claim need to be backed by evidence. Remember, compensation is not supposed to make you better off. Instead, it is meant to return you to the financial position you would have been in had the accident not occurred.
Therefore, you need to have documentation of the injuries you suffered and the damages you claim. That way, you will have actual proof, which will increase the chances of an optimal payout.