Over the course of an injury claim, there are several factors that people
want to know about, but the most important one is how your final compensation
amount will be calculated. Many people understand that insurance companies
use a formula to calculate claim amounts, but few people realize how the
formula is used and why it exists.
Luckily, there is no mystery to what’s known as the “damages
and compensation” formula, and once explained, it’s easy to
get an idea of how this formula will determine your final claim amount.
Find out how insurance companies use the damages and compensation formula
to decide how much you’ll receive for your personal injury claim.
Why the Damages and Compensation Formula Matters
Before diving into how the damages and compensation formula is employed,
it’s a good idea to get a sense of why it exists in the first place.
Calculating damages in a personal injury claim is not as straightforward
as you might believe and can include several different factors that you
should be aware of.
For instance, while it’s fairly simple to calculate the monetary
worth of physical harm and a loss of income, deciding how much compensation
your emotional and social losses entitle you to is less easy to decide.
The reason the damages and compensation formula was invented was so that
insurers had a simple method for calculating damages that would take into
account both physical and mental losses.
Learn How the Formula is Used
The first step of the damages and compensation formula is to determine
your “medical special damages” or “specials”.
Medical special damages are made up of the medical expenses that you have
accumulated as a result of your injury.
Next, your insurer will determine your “general damages”, which
encompasses the less concrete forms of harm you’ve suffered, such
as a loss of social functioning and mental pain. To calculate your general
damages, your insurer will multiply your medical special damages by 1.5
to 5 times. The higher the number on the scale, the more serious your
injuries and the more compensation you will receive.
Finally, your insurance company will add your medical special damages,
your general damages and the income you’ve lost together to comes
up with your total personal injury claim amount.
Fighting for Your Personal Injury Claim
There are a few other factors to be aware of when you’re trying to
decide how much compensation you’ll receive for your injury claim.
First, if you want to make sure your general damages are calculated using
the higher end of the scale, you will need to provide evidence of the
seriousness of your injury. Secondly, while understanding the damages
and compensation formula will give you a general idea of the amount you
may receive, no insurer fully discloses their particular formula. To make
sure you get the highest amount possible, it’s a smart idea to hire
a personal injury attorney.
Consult an Attorney
To make sure that you get the compensation you need during your personal
injury claim, you should trust your case to the legal professionals at
the Dunnion Law Firm.
Dunnion Law Firm, we understand how to deal with insurance companies so that you get your
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