People who consider filing a personal injury claim after an accident often wonder “How much is my claim worth?” Unfortunately, it’s not possible to predict the exact amount your claim will be worth, or even whether your claim will be successful.
Personal injury lawsuits are filed against persons or entities who have exhibited negligence and as a result a person was injured, killed or suffered damages to their property. In personal injury claims, compensation is often awarded to pay for damages such as medical bills, missed time from work, and physical rehabilitation.
It’s important to remember that punitive damages are only awarded in extreme situations when an especially immoral, reckless or deceitful act was committed. Some common examples include theft, battery and fraud.
Most personal injury lawsuits in New York revolve around a concept known as “negligence.” Negligence can be defined as “the failure to act in a reasonable way to protect others from harm, or performing an unreasonable act that endangers, injure, kills or destroys the property of another person.”