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If you have recently suffered an injury caused by another person or company, whether purposeful or not, you probably want to file a personal injury claim. Filing a lawsuit can not only ensure that the culprit is brought to justice, but it can also allow you to receive compensation to cover any expenses accumulated as a result of your injury. Depending on the extent of your injuries, costs can start piling up quickly. Hospital bills, physical therapy, loss of income, property damage, and so many more hidden expenses can come from a personal injury.  If you are looking to file a claim, don’t waste time. Contact a New York injury lawyer to maximize your chances at a fair settlement.

What Factors Determine the Result of a Personal Injury Claim?

A wide array of injuries qualify for personal injury claims, including tangible and intangible harm. Physical injuries such as broken bones, burns, or whiplash will qualify, as well as psychological harm such as PTSD, depression, or other mood disorders. The intangible injuries can be harder to assign a numerical value to, but they are still factored into any claim.

The following accidents are commonly involved in injury claims.

  • Auto accidents
  • Slips, trips, and falls
  • Medical malpractice
  • Construction site accidents
  • Assault and battery
  • Product liability
  • Wrongful death

After determining your injuries, multiple factors will impact the result of your claim. Your physical pain, mental suffering, and financial detriment will all be examined to determine what dollar amount will be sufficient compensation.

Do I Have a Case?

You have a legitimate case if you were injured physically and/or mentally by the negligence or recklessness of another, or if the injury was purposefully inflicted. You will possess the burden of proof so you will need evidence to back up your claim, but by working with an experienced lawyer you can build and strengthen your case.

How Much Will I Get for My Claim?

The amount of compensation you receive will vary depending on the severity of your injuries and the specifics of your case. A settlement should cover at least your current and future medical expenses, lost wages, and any considerable pain and suffering.

After you are awarded your settlement, keep in mind that there are some deductions. You will have to pay your attorney fees, unpaid bills related to medical expenses from the incident, and potentially some taxes. The majority of settlements are not considered taxable income but there may be a small part you will have to pay taxes on.