You may suffer for it when another party does not ensure their property is safe for all visitors. Fortunately, you should not have to pay out of pocket for your suffering and injuries. You may have grounds for a lawsuit, leading to a premises liability settlement.
So what can you expect, on average, from a premises liability settlement? The answer typically depends on the specifics of your case, but there are certain types of remedies you should expect to be covered by your settlement offer. An Oklahoma premises liability lawyer can help you assess the value of your case.
Economic Damages for Premises Liability Claims
When an accident happens, it can be expensive to overcome your suffering. You may have suffered many costly financial damages, also called economic damages. Your economic damages cover any financial losses you have suffered or will suffer because of your accident.
For example, you may have slipped, fallen, and suffered a head injury. Depending on the severity of your head injury, you may face years of treatment for that injury. That includes treatment such as rehabilitation if your head trauma leaves you relearning certain tasks that you used to do with ease.
Likewise, your premises liability settlement should include estimates for future damages. For example, you may have future surgeries because your health is impacted so much by your injuries. For example, a broken bone may take multiple surgeries to repair, but those surgeries may not occur until after your claim is settled. Talk to your attorney about estimating these future damages to ensure you get help.
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You May Be Due Non-Economic Damages
Economic damages only cover a part of your suffering. You may also need non-economic damages that cover the intangible strife you have suffered because of your injuries. These damages can be more difficult to calculate, but they can help cover and compensate you for the experiences you have suffered.
One of the biggest non-economic damages you need to seek out is pain and suffering. However, these damages can be difficult to calculate. For example, how do you estimate the impact of disfigurement caused by suffering a facial injury that causes permanent scarring?
When you need to estimate your pain and suffering damages, contact an attorney. Your lawyer can provide tools to estimate the impact of your pain and suffering based on the severity of your injuries and the impact of your injuries on your life. These estimates require special tools, so speak with an attorney if you believe you are due these non-economic damages but are unsure what their value is.
Your Settlement Value Can Be Reduced
Unfortunately, just because you have a calculator of the damages you are due does not mean you’ll automatically receive those damages. In some cases, you may be found partially at fault for your accident, and that amount may reduce your compensation. This issue can make it much more difficult to overcome your suffering, which is why it is so important to take action.
Many states, including Oklahoma, have comparative negligence laws, meaning that your compensation may be reduced by the amount of fault placed on you. For example, if you are found 20 percent at fault for your accident, you may still be eligible for compensation, but you may only see 80 percent of what you would do. That means you may be paying out of pocket for hundreds or even thousands of dollars you need for your recovery.
Because of this, it is vital to have a lawyer ready to fight for you when you are accused of being partly at fault for your accident. Your attorney can build a proper defense for your claim, helping you get pretty compensated and avoid losing part of your settlement value over shared fault.
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How a Lawyer Can Help You Maximize Your Claim
Gathering this evidence in defending your case is rarely easy. You may have a difficult time determining what your claim is worth, or you may be unsure how to calculate certain damages. That is where a lawyer can be most useful. An attorney can guide you through this situation, ensuring you get the support and guidance you need.
Your attorney has the tools to gather evidence of the compensation you are due and determine precisely what that compensation is worth. That includes calculating intangible damages such as pain and suffering or a loss of enjoyment of life, which can be tough to define.
Your lawyer can also provide aggressive legal representation to defend that compensation.
If the at-fault party is trying to place part of the blame on you to avoid pain for your suffering, your lawyer can build a defense showing you are not at fault for your accident and that they owe you a significant amount for the damages you’ve suffered.
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Talk Your Settlement Over with an Attorney
Following a premises liability accident, you may have a tough time getting your life back to normal. These accidents can be pricey, and it can be complex to overcome these losses and get the conversation you were due. Fortunately, you do not have to calculate the value of your premises liability settlement or rely on an average settlement value when you have a lawyer.
Our attorneys at BDIW Law are ready to guide you through determining exactly what your claim is worth. Our team understands how difficult it can be to get a fair settlement value, and we know every claim is different. Because of this, we handle each of our client’s settlement values personally, so you are getting what you were due and not an average settlement value.
If you are struggling to determine exactly what your premises liabilities settlement is worth, retain one of our attorneys and gain the answers you need. Our team offers free consultations, so you can speak to a premises liability attorney before going to court or signing anything. Call or complete our online contact form to learn more about our services.
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