If you find yourself the victim of a motorcycle accident, you might ask yourself what the injury claim is worth.
Should you hire a personal injury lawyer? Is your motorcycle accident injury claim even worth pursuing?
Honestly, the real value of an injury claim cannot be determined until licensed professionals can adequately assess the details.
Several things can affect your motorcycle accident injury claim’s worth. Here are several things that affect the worth of a motorcycle accident injury claim:
To pursue an injury claim, you must be able to prove fault. Actually, determining liability is the most crucial aspect of assessing the value of any injury claim.
In law, negligence must be proven to assign fault. The burden of proof lies in the hands of the plaintiff.
If the plaintiff and defendant share liability, or if no fault can be proven, the injury claim may not be worth much, if anything.
This is why establishing fault within the definition of the law is very important when pursuing injury claims.
Special damages are damages that can easily be defined and calculated.
Usually, these damages include past and future medical expenses, financial losses such as wages, benefits, or the capacity to earn, and any other damages to which hard numbers can be assigned.
For future losses and medical expenses, your attorney may be required to hire a financial expert to assess the situation professionally.
The incalculable damages are more difficult to define, as these are considered longer lasting effects with less definable values.
These sorts of expenses include past and future mental/emotional damage, pain & suffering, disfigurement, disabilities, and disorders.
These sorts of damages always hold up better with professional documentation from Doctors and other healthcare professionals.
The answer to this question is usually always yes. However, every case is unique. Consequently, it is a good idea to have an attorney look over your claim and give their professional opinion.
If you do find yourself in a motorcycle accident, first, see a doctor, then talk to a motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible.
Be sure to take pictures of what happened, and document as much evidence of the wreck as possible.
You want an attorney who fights zealously for you, but also understands what you are going through. If another driver’s negligence leaves you with severe injuries, you deserve compensation.
Donna Frayne, at the Law Office of Donna Clark Frayne, LLC in St. Louis, is a motorcycle driver herself and understands what you are going through.
She knows that driving a motorcycle can be a dangerous activity, but also understands the passion behind it.
Donna has more than 20 years of experience representing victims of motorcycle accidents.
We strive to create a stress-free environment where you can discuss your personal injury case and your needs.
Want to find out how to avoid motorcycle accidents all together? Check out our article on the 9 Most Common Types of Motorcycle Accidents.