How Are Injuries Assessed After a Motor Vehicle Accident?

In 2016, data provided by ICBC indicated that there were approximately 330,000 motor vehicle accidents reported, 64,000 resulting in injuries or fatalities. After being involved in a serious accident, one of the first questions that personal injury lawyers get asked by potential clients is how much their claim is worth. There is no easy and quick answer to this question.

After an accident, medical care, therapy, and healing take time. In some cases, it can take months and sometimes even years to get a full assessment of what the total claim will be for. If will depend on the extent of the injuries, how long they affect your life, and what physical, emotional, and financial consequences they have had. Getting the true cost and assessment of your injuries can take time.

What Are the Injuries?

After a motor vehicle accident, there are many types of injuries that may have been sustained, even multiple injuries. These can be fractures and cuts and bruises to severe injuries such as spinal cord and brain injuries. A clear picture of these injuries extends to the treatment that was required. Was there hospitalization or surgery? How often is treatment or rehabilitation required?

The nature and duration of any medical intervention is completely considered when assessing injuries after an accident. These can be non-physical as well as physical. Did you experience depression, anxiety, or insomnia as a direct result of the accident?

How Did the Injuries Affect Your Life?

When assessing the worth of your claim, it’s important to consider the ways in which your life has been altered as a result of the accident. Have you lost a considerable amount of employment time or can you no longer even be employed at the same type of work?

There are also less obvious ways your injuries can have an impact on your work life. Will the injury have an effect on any seniority or your ability to be competitive? Will working in your field with your injury cause pain when doing your job? Will it have caregiving consequences and costs? Are you the sole breadwinner or no longer be able to care for your family?

Pecuniary Vs. Non-Pecuniary Damages

There are two type of losses that you can be compensated for. Those that are quantifiable are called pecuniary damages. But non-pecuniary damages, or “pain and suffering” may also be a factor in your claim. Non-pecuniary damages may be the result of physical pain or emotional or mental pain that you have sustained as a result of the accident, even as far as the loss of enjoyment of life.

Get Professional Advice

Each claim has its own unique qualities since no two individuals experience the results of an accident the same. If you have been involved in an accident, contact the personal injury lawyers at Personal Injury Lawyer. We would be glad to discuss your options and your legal rights and offer a no-cost initial consultation.