How Much is My Motorcycle Accident Case Worth?
After being in a motorcycle accident, your primary concern is obviously your health and making sure you are recovering. After it is clear that you are going to be okay, you may begin to wonder how much your case is worth. Regardless of whether your accident occurred in Seattle, Bellingham, Olympia, or Kirkland, there are some things you need to be aware of in order to determine the size of your case. Your case may be worth a small amount or a great deal. You need to be aware of how legally your recovery is determined.What You Can Recover
Legally, in Washington State, after being involved in a motorcycle accident, you can recover the following damages:
- Medical bills
- Future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Future lost wages
- Loss of consortium
- Out of pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering
Each of these damages should be viewed separately from the other. While your
settlement check or jury award, should it go to trial, will be for one lump sum, you can think of these categories as being separate checks or separate amounts.
Medical bills: you are legally allowed to recover medical bills that are related to your motorcycle accident. Sometimes the opposing insurance company will attempt to argue that your bills are not related to your damages because of a pre-existing condition. If this is the case, we can help you prove what is and is not related to your motorcycle accident.
Lost wages: if you missed time and money at work because of your motorcycle accident, legally you are allowed to recover damages for your lost time. This is because if it weren’t for the accident, you would be able to receive the normal wages from your job. It may be helpful to hire an economist to help you show the money you would have made if not for the accident.
Future lost wages: if your injuries are so significant that you will lose money in the future because of your injuries, then you have the right to ask for money to cover your lost wages for the future as well.
Loss of consortium: a loss of consortium occurs when your relationship with your partner or spouse suffers because of your accident. If, as an example, you cannot have a sexual relationship with your spouse or partner because of your accident, then your spouse can bring a separate claim on their own so they can receive compensation.
Out of pocket expenses: these are normally the smallest amount of money that you will receive in your settlement because they normally cover “smaller” items like a wheelchair, crutches, or bandages. This could also be intended to include things like the gas money you spent going to various doctor appointments.
These are just a brief summary of the damages you are allowed to receive for your injuries.Pain and Suffering Damages Explained
What is pain and suffering? And how much can you receive legally? Pain and suffering
is just what it sounds like: it is an amount of money that you can receive for your pain, discomfort and suffering you have endured because of your accident. This may be a small amount or a very large amount depending on the extent of your suffering.
It just depends. One thing that has been shown time and again is that there is a connection between the amount of your bills and the amount you receive in pain and suffering. This connection should not be considered the number one factor in determining how much you receive in pain and suffering, but it should be a factor.
If you were hurt by a commercial truck, meaning an 18-wheeler or semi-truck, then another factor to consider, in terms of how much you receive in pain and suffering, is how many other accidents the trucking company was involved in over the years.
For example, if the trucking company knowingly hired a driver who had a history of other accidents, or if the trucking company had knowingly concealed problems with the truck that harmed you, then the kind of negligence would likely increase the amount of money you would receive in pain and suffering if the case went to trial. This is because juries are often motivated by their emotions.How The Jackman Law Firm Can Help
After a motorcycle accident, you may be facing some serious challenges. These may include mounting medical bills that you’re not sure how to pay, phone calls from insurance companies asking for updates on your treatment, and the general stress and pain of your injuries. If this sounds familiar, why go through this alone? The Jackman Law Firm can help in each of these areas.
In addition, we can help prove your case if it is alleged that you were somehow responsible for your injuries. Motorcycle accidents are often hard because sometimes the at-fault driver will attempt to argue that you were at fault, either by swerving into their lane or because, as a motorcycle, you were not visible to the driver of the car, truck, or SUV at the time of impact. Insurance companies for drivers who understand that some people have a negative attitude towards people who ride motorcycles, especially Harley Davidson’s, and because of that they try to argue that you are somehow responsible.
The Jackman Law Firm has the resources to help you show that you were not at fault for your motorcycle accident. We have the resources to prove this by interviewing witnesses and speaking to the police and obtaining key documents.
We can also negotiate with the insurance company for the driver who hit you to prove that you were not at fault. We have successfully negotiated hundreds of similar cases and obtained millions of dollars for our client.
If you have questions or concerns, feel free to call us for a free consultation.