In a personal injury case, there are many reasons why you may be entitled to compensation. For instance, if you are no longer able to partake in an activity that you enjoyed before the injury, you could be compensated for loss of enjoyment.
Factors that Affect Compensation
Compensation for medical costs and lost wages is generally no more than what you paid or lost because of the accident. However, damages for things such as loss of enjoyment or loss of consortium may be determined by a jury. Members of the jury may be able to recommend a final award although a judge must ultimately approve it.
Your attorney may be able to negotiate directly with the person or entity that hurt you to settle the case without a trial. Depending on the scope of your injuries, you could be entitled to hundreds or thousands of dollars in punitive damages on top of actual damages. In rare cases, it is possible to win hundreds of thousands, if not millions, on additional compensation.
Legal counsel may be able to estimate how much your case is worth during an initial consultation. This may be done by looking at recent cases to determine a baseline for compensation, but it is not a guarantee of how much you should expect to get.