What Compensation Can I Recover From Being Hit?
On Behalf of Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Sosa | September 10, 2022 | Pedestrian Accidents
Data from the CDC has revealed that more than 7,000 pedestrians are killed in auto accidents annually in the United States. It's believed that in 2020 alone, one in every six people who died in a road crash was a pedestrian. In addition to pedestrian deaths, thousands of pedestrians are injured every year when a car hits them.
Not only is this traumatic and physically and emotionally challenging to navigate but being injured in this type of accident can also be financially difficult. Fortunately, pedestrians who have been hit by a vehicle have the right to pursue compensation. This is especially true if a pedestrian has been hit by an automobile because of someone else's negligence.
Yet, since pedestrian accident cases can be incredibly challenging to navigate, it's often recommended that injured parties seek legal assistance from a West Palm Beach pedestrian accident attorney. If you would like to initiate a claim, you should consider Rosenthal, Levy Simon & Sosa because our firm will fight to obtain the compensation you deserve. So, without further ado, let's discuss what compensation you can recover.
What Are the Factors That Affect the Value of A Pedestrian Accident Settlement?
Many people often forget that numerous factors can affect the value of a pedestrian accident case. Below we have briefly listed a few of the most common factors that are evaluated when determining the value of your settlement.
- The impact your injuries have on your daily life and frequent routines.
- How severe your injuries are.
- How likely you are to make a full recovery.
- The impact your injuries have on your abilities to earn a living.
- Liability and if you were fully or partially at fault for your accident.
- If you have dependents that rely on your income.
A lawyer from our firm can help you identify the factors that could affect how much you could earn, and which damages you should seek.
What Compensation Can You Recover After Being Hit By A Car?
Usually, an injured pedestrian who has been hit by a vehicle has the right to pursue economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages refer to the compensation you could receive that can be calculated to the exact dollar amount.
Usually, your attorney will determine how much economic damages you’re entitled to by using your statements, bills, and receipts. These are some of the economic damages you could be eligible to receive:
- Past and future medical bills.
- Lost earning capacity.
- Home care and special needs care.
- Therapy, both physical and emotional.
- Past and future lost wages.
Unlike economic damages, non-economic damages do not have an exact dollar amount calculation. It's often more complicated to determine non-economic damages than economic damages.
In most instances, your lawyer will use insurance company sliding scale estimates to estimate the value of your non-economic damages. Here are a few of the non-economic damages you could potentially claim:
- Pain and suffering.
- Short and long-term disability or paralysis.
- Emotional trauma.
- Loss of companionship.
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
In addition to economic and non-economic damages, a pedestrian who has been hit by a car can also face monetary penalties for gross negligence. These penalties are often awarded as part of your settlement.
There is no specific amount a pedestrian who has been hit by a car can receive. This is because the amounts awarded to a pedestrian vary depending on numerous case factors, including the severity of injuries sustained.
Get In Touch With A West Palm Beach Pedestrian Accident Attorney Today
Pedestrian accidents can be incredibly traumatizing, especially if you have sustained injuries because of a driver’s negligence. Fighting to receive compensation could be out of your reach if you don’t have the necessary legal knowledge.
That’s why it's usually best to consult a West Palm Beach attorney who has experience with these cases, like the lawyers at Rosenthal, Levy Simon, & Sosa. Our firm can help you obtain the compensation you deserve; all you need to do is allow us the opportunity to give you a free case evaluation. Contact us here or visit our offices, and we will do everything we can to help.