What is my workers compensation injury worth?
Every workers compensation case is different, so it’s difficult to determine exactly how much your injury is worth until an experienced workers compensation attorney can assess a couple of facts: the type of the injury and its severity in relation to maximum medical improvement (MMI). Before monetary worth can be determined, the party accused of the injury must be partially or fully responsible for the damage. There are two aspects of a compensation claim to consider: general damages and special damages.
How are my workers compensation injuries calculated?
General damages refer to the pain and suffering encountered through your workers compensation injury. More specifically, general damages sum up the type of injury, the length of recovery time, and any potential long-lasting effects. Most states will conclude that some injuries are innately worse than others; for example, neck and back injuries will usually receive more awards than a broken arm or a leg. General damages not only refer to physical harm but to emotional distress for you or a loved one, and to punitive damages. Some examples include physical impairment, mental anguish, disfigurement, and physical pain and suffering.
Special damages can be appraised to the dollar amount, making them easier to determine. Financial expenses covered include property repairs, medical expenses, and lost wages due to missed work or diminished earning capacity.
After determining the general and special damages, you’re evaluated for your ability to return back to work or not. If you are completely unable to return to work, or to readjust to other work, the value of the claim will most likely increase. If the injury is very severe, the value is even more likely to raise.