Understanding Personal Injury Settlements
On this page, we hope to help you understand a bit more about what will eventually go into your personal injury settlement. If you suffered a serious personal injury as the result of someone else’s negligence, you deserve compensation.
But how much compensation is fair?
What is the value of your case?
The attorneys of Joyce & Bittner have more than 50 years of combined legal experience. They provide aggressive, knowledgeable representation to help clients recover the compensation they deserve. For a free consultation, call 412-557-7931 or contact our offices online.
Determining Personal Injury Settlements
- Proving liability: Before calculating your damage, we have to determine whether or not anyone is liable to pay you. We attempt to establish who was at fault and determine the extent to which that person was negligent. The clearer the issue of fault is, the stronger your case becomes.
- Quantifying damages: We take an accounting of your medical bills, lost wages, projected costs of future medical expenses, and the extent to which your ability to earn an income has been diminished. Injuries that prevent you from returning to your job are valued higher than injuries that do not.
- Pain and suffering: Pain and suffering are difficult to measure. Through extensive discussions with the client, and by comparing each case with similar cases from the past, we help determine how much compensation is fair. Claims in which the client will continue to experience pain and suffering into the future are valued higher than claims in which this is not the case. Also, pain and suffering is not just measured by the injury itself but also includes pain and suffering related to the medical treatment and recovery time from the injury.
How To Figure Out Your Settlement Amount
After we determine how much compensation you are entitled to receive, we bring our demands to the insurance company. Our goal is to convince them to agree to a fair out-of-court settlement. If they refuse, we are experienced lawyers who can confidently represent clients at trial. See our successful results to learn more.