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The Worth of Your Personal Injury Claim

by: Mart Gil Abareta
Knowing the worth of your accident injuries is a critical part of every accident claim. This amount actually depends on very specific conditions. Also, acquiring the said compensation might also take some time due to some reasons. One must patiently bear with the whole process from the time when the claim has been filed till its final release. If you still donít know the formula that is being used by insurance companies to establish the value of your personal injury claim, this article will help you to better and fully understand this matter.

In determining the worth of your claim, you have to know first the things that you might receive as compensation. Normally, the injured person or the family of a death person of any accident can get compensation from the liable personís insurance company for the following: damaged property; medical care and related expenses; permanent physical disability or disfigurement; loss of income because of the time when he was unable to work or undergoing treatment for injuries due to the accident; loss of family, social and educational experiences such as missed school or training, vacation or recreation, or a special event; and emotional damages including stress, depression, embarrassment, or strains on family relationships.

When youíre going to establish the compensation that youíll demand for, itís really easy to compute all the money youíve spent and the money youíve lost, but not the pain and suffering or the missed experiences and lost opportunities youíve endured. This is where the formula that is being used by insurance companies comes in. First, an insurance adjuster totals the medical expenses associated with the injury that becomes the base figure to be used to find out the amount that the victim must receive for the pain, suffering and other financial losses. When the injuries are quite minor, the adjuster then multiplies the amount by 1.5 or 2 and up to 5 for more serious and add it to any loss of income due to the accident.

In addition, there are various things that help the adjuster to determine the correct multiplier. The more painful the injury, the longer the recovery period, the more obvious the medical evidence of the injury, the more invasive and long-lasting the medical treatment, and the more serious and visible any permanent result of the injury, the higher the multiplier is, too. Also, the more of your treatment you receive from a physician or at a hospital, or opposed to physical therapy, chiropractic and other non-MD treatment, a higher multiplier is also used.

Once you know how insurance companies use the damages formula to start negotiating, you are close to figuring out the total value of your claim. The extent each person is at fault is the most important factor affecting how much the insurance company is likely to pay. The damages formula gives you a range of how much your injuries might be worth, but only after you figure in the question of fault do you know the actual compensation value of your claim -- that is, how much an insurance company will pay you.

When you already know how insurance companies utilize the damages formula to begin negotiations, you are near at finding out the exact and total value of your claim. The degree that every person is being held liable is the most significant element that affects the amount that the insurance company is most likely to pay an accident's victim. The said formula for damages provides you with the range of how much your injury might be worth but only after you figure in the question of fault do you know the actual compensation value of your claim - to be exact, how much an insurance company will compensate you.



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