How much is my personal injury case worth? This is one of the most common questions we are asked by new clients. The answer really depends on the specific facts of your case—the severity of your injuries, whether your injuries are temporary or permanent, whether you’ve endured psychological trauma, and many other factors. The Missouri personal injury lawyers at Gump & Faiella can evaluate your case for free, calculate your damages, and help you fight for the maximum payout possible.
We have recovered more than $250 million for our clients, and we are not afraid to take your case to trial if the insurance company or opposing party refuses to offer a fair settlement. Call 800-264-3455 today to schedule a consultation.
What Damages Are Recoverable in Missouri Personal Injury Claims?
Depending on the facts of your case, you may be able to recover compensatory damages, which include economic and non-economic damages, as well as punitive damages. Compensatory damages are tangible and intangible losses like:
- Medical bills;
- Lost income;
- Loss of future earning capacity;
- Property repairs;
- Pain and suffering; and
- Emotional distress.
Punitive damages will only be recoverable if the party who caused your injuries acted with conscious disregard or complete indifference for your safety and wellbeing. For example, punitive damages may be recoverable in cases involving drunk driving or other criminal behaviors. Juries cannot award punitive damages unless the judge allows them to do so, and 50% of any punitive damages award would go to the state of Missouri.
What If I Was Partially Responsible for the Accident?
Missouri courts use the “pure comparative fault” rule when awarding damages. That means the amount of compensation you receive will be reduced by your percentage of fault.
For example, let’s assume you were rear-ended at a stop sign, but one of your taillights was not working. Your total damages were $20,000, but the court finds that you were 20 percent at fault for the crash. Your recovery would therefore be reduced by 20 percent, bringing your total award to $16,000.
Importance of Hiring a Missouri Injury Attorney to Calculate Your Damages
Insurance companies have financial incentive to minimize the amount of compensation they pay out to claimants. They might offer a settlement early in the proceedings—before you know the full extent of your injuries—or they may exclude compensation for non-economic damages and/or future damages. The insurance adjuster might even try to coerce you into making a recorded statement that can be used to deny or undervalue your claim.
The experienced personal injury attorneys at Gump & Faiella will make sure you aren’t bullied into accepting a low settlement. DO NOT SPEAK WITH THE INSURANCE ADJUSTER until you have consulted an attorney from our firm. We will handle correspondence with the insurance company on your behalf and help you avoid costly mistakes like overlooking certain damages, accepting a settlement too early, or making a recorded statement.
Our Missouri injury lawyers will gather the evidence needed to prove the value of your claim, and if necessary, we can arrange testimony from medical and financial expert witnesses.
Discuss Your Case with a Missouri Personal Injury Attorney Today!
If you were seriously injured in a car wreck, slip and fall, truck accident or another accident due to someone else’s negligence, contact Gump & Faiella to discuss your case. We represent clients in Moberly, Columbia, and throughout Missouri. Call 800-264-3455 to schedule a free initial consultation.