Have you or has someone you love been seriously injured in an accident in Manning? If so, you should speak with one of the compassionate injury lawyers at Howell & Christmas. Our firm has over 30 years of combined experience representing all types of clients going through tough legal matters. We’ve helped countless clients recover damages and get the compensation they deserve, and we look forward to helping you, too.
How Much Is an Injury Claim Worth?
A common question our clients ask us is, “How much is a personal injury claim worth?” To help you better understand personal injury cases in South Carolina, we’ve provided a short answer for you below.
In personal injury cases, monetary damages are awarded to an injured person (you, the plaintiff) by the person or entity who is found legally responsible for the accident. Oftentimes this liable party is the insurance provider of whoever caused the accident.
Valuing a personal injury claim in Manning is complicated, and is one of the most contested aspects of any personal injury case—especially when the other party is clearly at fault. The amount your claim is worth depends on a number of factors, mostly how severe your injuries were and how they affected your overall quality of life. That said, there are two types of damages that are awarded in personal injury cases: compensatory and punitive.
Compensatory damages cover things like:
- Medical treatment
- Loss of income
- Property damages
- Paint and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment
- Loss of consortium (the loss of your relationship with your spouse)
In addition to compensatory damages, a court may also award punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded in cases when the court determines that the defendant’s behavior was especially bad or careless. These damages are awarded on top of compensatory damages and are designed to punish the person at fault and send a message to other people to take care in their actions.
The amount and nature of damages depends entirely on the facts of your case. If you’d like to discuss how much you may be entitled to, then request a consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys. The only way to give you an accurate answer is to understand all of the relevant facts and circumstances surrounding your accident in Manning. Under South Carolina law (South Carolina is a modified comparative fault state), the amount you are able to recover is reduced proportionally by any injury attributable to your own fault. However, if you are found more than 51% at fault, then you will not be able to recover damages against the defendant. Learn more about South Carolina’s comparative fault statutes here.
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We understand that an accident resulting in injury represents a lot more than a dollar figure or monetary award to you. A bad accident not only puts your health at risk, but also your way of life, and our primary goal is to help you get back to the lifestyle you had before the accident. We’re your advocates, and we’re on your side. Reach out to us today to schedule a risk-free, no-cost consultation with one of our experienced injury attorneys.