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Determining the Worth of Your Personal Injury Case

When filing a personal injury claim, a key step of the process is determining the range of damages that you may be entitled to. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may be eligible to recover more than you think. This blog can give you a ballpark estimate of what to expect, though consulting with a New York personal injury attorney will always provide you a more accurate figure. Contact Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP today to get started.

What Compensatory Damages Can I Be Awarded?

The first category of damages you could recover are compensatory damages. As their name would suggest, these are intended to compensate the injured party for what they lost. The purpose of compensatory damages is to make the plaintiff “whole” again, at least from a monetary standpoint.

Compensatory damages can be recovered for:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Medical expenses
  • Wages lost during recovery
  • Loss of employment due to debilitation
  • Damaged property

While losses tied to medical expenses and wages can easily be calculated, other damages are more ambiguous. Quantifying less obvious losses can be tricky, as putting a dollar amount on something like pain and suffering is subjective and has no definitive answer. These are established on a case by case basis, with many lawyers using a multiplier system to determine the value of intangible losses.

Punitive Damages

On top of compensation, a second type of damages exists in the form of punitive damages. Punitive damages are meant to punish particularly egregious or negligent defendants for their actions. It is not uncommon for some cases to have punitive damages totaling tens of millions of dollars, leading several states to place caps on their total eligible amounts. To determine a reasonable amount that you believe you should receive after your accident or injury, consult closely with your attorney.

Have You Been Injured? Contact a New York City Personal Injury Lawyer Today!

If you have been seriously hurt due to the negligence of another party, it is imperative that you contact Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP immediately. We can seek to recover damages on your behalf and help you get your life back on track. Nobody should have to live with the consequences of a careless person’s actions, and we are ready to fight to ensure your rights are upheld.

Call our New York office at (646) 461-4009 to discuss the details of your injury.