How Much Should I Ask for a Personal Injury Settlement in NH
How much should I ask for a Personal Injury Settlement?
Making the choice to pursue a personal injury lawsuit in New Hampshire can be difficult but determining exactly how much compensation you should seek is often even more overwhelming. Some aspects of this determination process are straightforward, such as existing medical bills that were incurred as a result of the accident in question. Others, like pain and suffering, can be a bit more involved. There are a few things that impact how much you should ask for in your settlement.
Type of Injury
The severity and type of injury sustained has a big impact on your personal injury settlement. Relatively minor injuries with no complications, like a sprained or broken limb, will likely cost less than more severe injuries like brain damage or the loss of a limb. One of the main reasons the latter will significantly impact your settlement amount is that more serious injuries require more serious, ongoing care. Once your sprained ankle has healed, you’ll likely be able to return to your everyday life with no problem. If you’ve lost a limb, on the other hand, your life will be forever altered and the care that you require will likely be more involved.
Type of Accident
The term “personal injury” covers many different areas. Some cases are fairly standard “slip and fall” cases where the victim slipped on a wet floor or icy sidewalk and were injured in the process. Again, the simplicity of these cases translates to lower settlement amounts. Other accidents, like medical malpractice, are much more involved and could lead to much greater settlements. The type of accident that you’ve experienced will have a big say in how much you can ask for your personal injury settlement.
The Factors You Consider
In addition to the above, keep in mind that there are multiple factors that impact your settlement price. Things like existing medical bills that will need to be paid or reimbursed should be part of the settlement, of course, but so should things like future medical care as well as lost wages, the lost potential for wages if you are unable to continue in your chosen profession after the accident, and the pain and suffering and lowered quality of life you might be facing. Compensation for all of these factors should be included in your settlement, too.
The only way to accurately determine exactly how much you should ask for in your personal injury settlement is by speaking to an experienced attorney. Richard Monteith can help figure out the best approach for your needs – Contact him today! (603) 389-9259.