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How a Personal Injury Claim is Calculated

Personal injury claims in Washington State are meant to compensate victims for their losses and expenses incurred as a result of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing. Calculating the value of a personal injury claim can be complex, and it is important to understand the factors that go into the calculation.

Here are some of the key factors that are considered when calculating a personal injury claim in Washington State:

  • Medical Expenses: The cost of medical treatment is a significant factor in determining the value of a personal injury claim. This includes expenses for emergency care, hospitalization, surgery, medication, rehabilitation, and any ongoing medical treatment.
  • Property Damage: If the injury resulted in damage to property, such as a vehicle in a car accident, the cost of repair or replacement can be factored into the claim.
  • Lost Income: If the victim is unable to work as a result of the injury, lost wages and future lost earnings can be factored into the claim.
  • Non-Economical Damages: Physical and emotional pain and suffering caused by the accident can also be factored into the claim. This includes the impact on the victim’s quality of life and their ability to enjoy activities they once enjoyed. Disability or disfigurement also add value to the claim.
  • Lifestyle Changes: If the victim needs additional help around the house, home modifications, or alternative transportation, these should also be factored into the claim.
  • Comparative Fault: In Washington State, the degree to which the victim is at fault for the injury can affect the value of the claim. If the victim is found to be partially at fault, their compensation may be reduced in proportion to their degree of fault.

It is important to note that every personal injury case is unique, and the value of a claim will depend on the specific circumstances of the case. The best way to determine the value of a personal injury claim is to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney who can evaluate the case and provide an estimate of the potential compensation. An attorney can also negotiate with the insurance company or other parties involved to ensure that the victim receives fair compensation for their losses. Contact WeierLaw to review the value of your claim.

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