It is difficult to predict exactly what kind of compensation you can expect after your accident. It depends on the exact type of case and the circumstances surrounding it. We certainly can’t estimate a monetary figure before having a thorough understanding of the case, and while we do not have a ‘crystal ball’, we can tell you all the different types of compensation that might apply. Keep in mind that we work on a contingency fee basis which means that if we do not recover for you, we do not get paid.
The most common form of damages is compensatory damages. These include the expenses you incur because of your injury, such as medical bills, lost wages, causing a new medical condition that you did not have prior to the incident and even worsening, aggravation and/or activation of previous injuries. These expenses are measurable and can be proven by presenting the appropriate documentation, making them the simplest damages to claim.
There are also economic damages which would include past lost wages, future lost earnings and other income-based damages resulting from your injuries.
Then there are also non-economic damages, which are more difficult to define and quantify. These don’t involve actual money lost, but rather the mental and physical suffering you might have endured because of the accident. These include pain and suffering, mental anguish, and the non-economic aspect of worsening, aggravation and/or activation of previous injuriesand more. These damages are very subjective in nature, and your Wellington personal injury attorney will need to develop a strong argument to secure your compensation.
Insurance companies will typically offer a settlement that is less than you deserve. Their hope is that you will accept that offer without question. Before you accept any offer, consult with your attorney first.