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What is My Car Accident Claim Worth in Illinois?

Posted on August 20, 2013 in
Duncan Law Group


A common question asked of the Chicago car accident attorneys at the Duncan Law Group when the victim of a car accident comes into our office for help is, “What is my claim worth?” In the aftermath of an auto collision that caused personal injury and / or property damage to you or someone you love, the cost of recovery can seem daunting. Accordingly, the concern of many victims is that of affording the medical expenses and repair costs that have accumulated since the accident.

Because every motor vehicle accident is different, the safest and most effective method for seeking legal compensation for the full worth of your claim is through the guidance of an experienced attorney. With a Chicago personal injury lawyer from the Duncan Law Group on your side, every aspect of your case will be thoroughly reviewed by a legal professional whose experience and past case victories precede him.

While every car accident case is different, there are three components to these types of cases that can better help you, and us, determine the worth of your claim. In addition to extenuating factors that might be unique to your case, the worth of your car accident claim will primarily rely upon the following:

  1. Medical Expenses: The payout on a car accident claim is intended to cover the cost of the victim’s medical expenses – past, present, and future. Included in the value of your claim could be the cost of traveling to and from doctor’s appointments.
  2. Lost Wages: For car accident victims whose injuries are so severe that they must take time off work to recover, part of the value of the injury claim should cover lost income. The same type of compensation is owed to persons whose future income is negatively affected because of his or her new inability to work in the same field / position as before. When the victim can never again return to work, this too should be calculated into the worth of the claim.
  3. Non-economic Damages: Pain, suffering, disfigurement, and / or disability are all factors that can contribute to the worth of your car accident claim and the ultimate payout that you receive. Emotional trauma and life-long changes to a person’s being can be calculated into the worth of the claim as well.

When you’re looking for the maximum amount of compensation for you case, you should not hesitate to turn to the Duncan Law Group, where the three components listed above will remain top priorities in seeking compensation for your claim. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation to have your case reviewed by a Chicago car accident attorney at our firm.