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What Is My Claim Worth?
Without knowing the particulars of your case and your injury, it is difficult–nearly impossible–to say what your personal injury claim is worth. Of course, we can give you generic information that is helpful in gauging ballpark figures for your claim. Naturally, the more severe your injuries, the most money you can look forward to receiving. Also, your injuries can affect various aspects of your life. They can affect your mental and emotional state, as well as your physical state. Therefore, you can sue for the physical and emotional pain that the at-fault party caused you. And, of course, you can always sue for any out-of-pocket medical expenses.
Compensation for personal injury suits are broken into economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages would be the cost of the ambulance ride, the hospital fees, the cost of physical therapy (if it applies), and so on. You can also sue for any time that you had to take off from work. For example, if you make $10 an hour, you work eight hour shifts, and you miss five days as a result of someone else’s negligence, the court will order the at-fault party to pay you $400. Noneconomic damages are your emotional damages, such as loss of consortium between you and your spouse and pain and suffering.
Because noneconomic damages are difficult for a layperson to calculate and understand, let the qualified attorneys at Rasmussen and Miner help you. We have ample years of knowledge, and we have ensured that our clients are fairly compensated for their injuries. Your personal injury may be worth a couple thousand or as much as a few million, so don’t take it lightly.
When Must I File My Claim?
One of the most critical questions to the success of your claim is, “when must you file a personal injury suit in court?” In law, there is something called the Statute of Limitations. You may have seen it as “sol.” The Statute of Limitations tells you when you must file your specific claim before time expires. Once time expires, most courts will bar you from seeking recovery unless you can show extenuating circumstances as to why you filed late.
In Utah, you have four years, from the time of the incident, to bring a claim.
Let us also note that it is important for you to keep up with the Statute of Limitations because it will affect any settlement offers, as well. Even if you choose to not take this matter to court, insurance agencies will lowball you or give you the runaround if the clock has run out. The last thing that you’d want is to lose out on any compensation because you were putting the matter off or were too busy with other affairs. As taxing as life can be, it is all the more taxing when you must meet these absorbent expenses alone, especially when your injury is someone else’s fault.