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How Courts Determine Victim Compensation

How Courts Determine Victim Compensation

| Mar 11, 2013

If you were injured in a car accident , on the job or as the result of someone else's negligence and file a personal injury lawsuit in South Carolina courts, there are several factors that will determine what the courts will award you.

What you ask for

You will only get what you ask for. That's why it's so important to have a competent South Carolina personal injury attorney representing your case. Make sure your attorney is asking for all of your damages. A lot of that comes down to you explaining and revealing everything to your South Carolina lawyer.

Among the things you can ask for are:

  • Medical expenses
  • Expected future healthcare costs
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning potential
  • Pain and suffering

How medical expenses are weighed in court

If you have health insurance, you can submit your medical bills resulting from a car crash or other accident to insurance. South Carolina courts will award medical expenses based on the real cost of care rather than what you paid.

If you have a $5,000 deductible on your health insurance policy, but your injuries cost $50,000 to treat, the courts will generally use the full cost of those medical expenses to calculate the responsible party's liability.

Accounting and documentation

If you're claiming lost wages or lost earning potential, it's important that you have the documentation to support those losses. It's hard to argue against black and white facts.

Legitimacy

Personal injury law is designed to protect the rights of the average American against the interests of large corporations and insurance companies and to make sure injured parties get the care and compensation they need and deserve.

Some bad TV and strong lobbying from insurance companies have made juries suspect of fakers in recent years. It's important that you have a real claim and real injuries. Legitimate, well-represented claims usually win in court.

If you have questions about your injury and if you could have grounds for a successful personal injury lawsuit, contact the knowledgeable and experienced South Carolina personal injury lawyers at George Sink Injury Lawyers. We're available to answer questions and offer a free consultation so you can better understand your rights and options.

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