Calculating the value of a specific claim is a complicated process—especially in cases that involve permanent disabilities or wrongful death. In addition to economic damages, such as medical bills and lost income, you may also be entitled to non-economic damages, which do not have an objectively verifiable value and, therefore, can be more difficult to calculate and prove.
Further complicating the matter is the possibility that the insurance company or at-fault driver could dispute your claim or argue that you were partially liable. Pursuant to Iowa Code Section 668.3, you will not be able to recover any compensation if the court determines that your percentage of fault exceeded that of the defendant.
A personal injury lawyer from Eells & Tronvold Law Offices, PLC can help you gather evidence to prove negligence, liability, and the value of your damages. We will answer your questions and serve as your legal ally through every step of the claims process. Call 319-393-1020 to schedule a free consultation with an accident attorney in Cedar Rapids.
How Much Is My Personal Injury Case Worth?
In the state of Iowa, there are no arbitrary caps on the amount that a plaintiff can recover from a defendant in a personal injury lawsuit. Depending on the facts of your case, you may be entitled to compensation for the following economic damages:
- Property damage;
- Past medical bills;
- Future medical expenses;
- Rehabilitation costs;
- Lost wages; and
- Loss of future earning capacity.
Depending on the circumstances of your accident, the settlement may also include non-economic compensatory damages. These include:
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional distress;
- Loss of function of the mind and body;
- Loss of enjoyment; and
- Loss of consortium.
Calculating non-economic damages can be challenging because their value is not objectively verifiable. There are several methods for calculating these damages, but the total amount awarded varies from case to case. Your attorney can help you with this calculation and negotiate for the highest possible settlement.
If you sustained injuries in a collision that was not your fault, contact Eells & Tronvold Law Offices, PLC. We will evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim, and if so, we can help you gather evidence and fight for the maximum settlement.
Call 319-393-1020 to schedule a free case evaluation with a personal injury lawyer in Cedar Rapids. You can learn more about accident claims in Iowa by visiting the USAttorneys website.