If you have been involved in an accident, it is a matter of principle that
you can pursue compensation for any losses and/or injuries, no matter
how minor. Any time you suffer because of someone else’s recklessness
or carelessness, the offending party should be held responsible. It doesn’t
matter how “serious” or costly your losses – you still
deserve fair recompense.
However, the amount associated with your losses will have bearing on how
you go about securing this compensation. For smaller claims, the easiest
way to secure compensation for losses is to file a claim with the liable
party’s insurance provider.
You will need to consider the following factors in order to have an idea
of how much to ask for:
- The amount it would take to repair any property damage
- The amount of any wages you have lost while missing work during recovery
- The amount you currently owe in medical bills
- An estimation of the amount you will owe for future medical care related
to the injury
If the insurance company will cover all or nearly all of your expenses
and your injury is not severe enough to cause you to miss work, it may
be worth it to go this route. If, however, you have a very painful or
disfiguring injury, or will have significant out-of-pocket costs, it is
definitely a good idea to consult with a lawyer and talk about the possibility
of a lawsuit.
Because a lawsuit can be a lengthy and costly process, you will have to
discuss with your attorney whether the amount you are seeking is worth
litigation. For example, a claim for a few hundred dollars may best be
resolved outside of court, but a claim reaching into the thousands may
be worth litigating.
Consider these costs when deciding the best course of action:
- Filing fees
- Expert witness fees
- Medical transcript ordering fees
- Attorney fees
Of course, the best way to make a determination either way is to contact
Goodman Acker P.C. and speak with a Detroit personal injury lawyer about
your case. We offer complimentary initial consultations and do not charge
any attorney fees until a recovery is made on your behalf.
Schedule your appointment by calling our firm at (248) 793-2010.