One of the most common questions our team of personal injury attorneys
at Metzger Wickersham get asked is “How much is my
personal injury claim worth?” Well, like most legal questions, the somewhat unsatisfying
it depends. The severity of your injuries and the extent of your losses will greatly
dictate your range of eligible compensation, as well as the laws of your
state. While the information below can help you get a rough estimate of
what you can expect to recover, it is highly recommended you consult with
one of our knowledgeable lawyers to discover your legal options in full detail.
What Are Compensatory Damages?
The first category of damages you may recover with your personal injury
claim are known as “compensatory damages.” Like the name suggests,
these damages seek to reimburse you for your calculable losses and make
you financially “whole” again. Many compensatory damages are
relatively straightforward and can be calculated easily, such as medical
expenses. On the other hand, non-economic damages like pain and suffering
can be far more difficult to quantify. In most situations, these damages
will be calculated by applying a multiplier to your total economic losses.
You may be able to receive compensatory damages for:
Can I Receive Punitive Damages?
In most cases, a person’s eligible compensation is limited to compensatory
damages only. However, if it can be proven that the party responsible
for your injury acted in a particularly egregious manner or with a “willful
or wanton” disregard for the safety of others, they may be required
to pay you additional punitive damages. Unlike compensatory damages, punitive
damages are meant to punish the responsible party in order to deter others
from engaging in the same conduct. While many states have caps on the
level of punitive damages a plaintiff may receive, Pennsylvania currently
has no such cap on either punitive or compensatory damages.
Injured? Contact Metzger Wickersham Today
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury through no fault of your own,
your chances of securing a fair settlement for your losses will likely
only be as strong as the legal team you have by your side. At Metzger
Wickersham, our powerful Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers have more
than 125 years experience and can provide the aggressive support you need
to maximize your eligible compensation.
The sooner you
contact us, the sooner we can help. Dial (888) 286-2850 today to get started.