As a personal injury law firm that has been representing victims and families
throughout Los Angeles and Southern California for over 40 years, questions
about the value of a potential case are some of the most common questions
we hear. This is always understandable, as preventable injuries can create
extensive losses and repercussions in the lives of victims and their loved
ones, including considerable medical expenses, future medical needs, and
lost income. This is especially true in cases involving commercial
truck accidents, where victims are more likely to suffer
catastrophic injuries that result in greater needs and losses.
While we understand concerns over finances and the ability to cover needed
medical treatment loom large over any victim and family that has been
impacted by a preventable trucking accident, we are not able to place
a specific value on any single case, especially during its initial stages.
This is due entirely to the fact that every case is different, and that
every victim will have unique needs and damages as they navigate their
recoveries, obtain treatment, and piece their lives back together. Ultimately,
the most accurate answer to how much your case is worth is:
While the unique facts and circumstances involved in your accident determine
how much you may be able to recover in a settlement or through a verdict
at trial, there are ways to understand the value of your case and the
types of compensation you would be eligible to recover. As a case progresses,
we closely evaluate available damages and a victim’s specific situation
to hone in on its ultimate value. Generally, these damages include:
Economic Damages – Victims can gain a better understanding of case value when they
consider the economic damages they are eligible to recover in personal
injury cases. These include damages that have a direct impact on their
financial well-being, such as medical expenses, therapy costs, and lost
wages caused by missing work. Additionally, for victims who experience
more severe injuries that result in longer recoveries or even permanent
impairment, economic damages may also include compensation for future
needs, including the costs associated with future doctor appointments,
living accommodations, and more. Future economic needs may also include
lost future wages, as severe injuries may prevent victims from doing the
work they once did or engaging in any type of gainful employment at all.
Non-economic damages – Victims who suffer injuries and catastrophic impairments in truck
accidents face more than economic damages alone, which is why personal
injury claims provide compensation for their intangible losses. These
commonly include their physical pain and suffering (as well as future
pain and suffering in severe injury cases), loss of enjoyment or quality
of life, mental anguish, and other emotional injuries. Calculating non-economic
damages suffered by victims is critical to pursuing the full value of
Punitive damages – While economic and non-economic damages comprise the core of most
personal injury cases, there are some cases where victims can secure additional
compensation in the form of punitive damages awarded against defendants.
Punitive damages, also known as exemplary damages, are reserved for cases
involving gross acts of negligence or recklessness, and are designed to
further punish wrongdoers and establish a clear message that such conduct
is never tolerated. When available, punitive damages should be pursued
aggressively to maximize the value of a case.
Because every truck accident case is different, Biren Law Group places
an emphasis on personally attending to our clients, understanding the
full scope of their damages, and pursuing all available forms of compensation
in their cases. With this focus and the abilities of our award-winning
legal team, we strive to secure the maximum compensation possible.
Learn more about the potential value of your truck accident case, as well
as how our firm can work to secure the compensation you deserve, by requesting
a free and confidential consultation.
Contact us to get started.