Include Future Damages In A Personal Injury Claim
Yes, Future Damages Can Be Included In A Personal Injury Claim
Many of our personal injury clients are surprised when we inform them that we’ll be pursuing compensation for future damages in their personal injury claim. So many victims are concerned with protecting themselves at this moment in time that they forget to take into account how the injury will affect their future. Reminding them of these future expenses is an important part of our early conversations.
The truth is that future expenses can often be more costly and life-changing than the current injury situation. Serious injuries can be devastating for victims. They may be long-lasting or even permanent. They may affect the victim’s ability to retain their job or find suitable employment in another field. Loss of income and earning potential as well as ongoing medical costs are two of the most common examples of future damages that are pursued in a personal injury claim.
The challenge lies in determining what kind of future damage the victim is likely to experience and what costs are associated with those damages. The personal injury attorneys at Eisenberg Law Offices are experienced in ascertaining these costs and including them to maximize claim values for our clients.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim To Collect Future Damages
Every injury situation is different, which means every personal injury claim, and associated compensation awards will be different. In order to obtain the maximum claim value for the client, a personal injury attorney will collect evidence to determine if you have a valid claim. If you do, your attorney will:
- Identify and calculate current damages. This includes costs incurred up to the claim filing such as medical costs, medications and medical equipment, physical therapy, etc. It can also include damages for pain and suffering and other non-physical damages such as future lost wages.
- Gather evidence of your ongoing medical needs and costs. Your attorney will consult your physician and any specialists to obtain information about your treatment plan, prognosis, and recovery outlook to use in their calculations for the claim amount and to provide evidence to support the claim.
- Submit the claim. Claims are submitted to the at-fault party’s insurance company, along with any supporting proof and documentation that your attorney has collected. If a person has suffered severe injuries that will require future medical care or will affect their earning potential, those damages can be claimed as future damages and included with the claim.
Protect Your Right to Fair Compensation – Now And In The Future
Not all victims make a full recovery from their injuries. If you have been injured and think you have a claim for damages now or for future lost wages, pain and suffering, and medical expenses, contact a personal injury attorney at Eisenberg Law Offices in Madison, WI for a free case consultation. We can determine the validity of your claim, provide guidance on which future damages can be included in your personal injury claim to maximize your settlement value, and represent you to the insurer or in court if need be.