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Definition - What does Recovery mean?

Economic compensation or recovery is awarded to claimants who have been injured due to the negligent actions of another person or entity.

How much money will I receive for my injury?

The amount of recovery awarded depends on the type of injury, the severity of the injury, the evidence provided to the court, the skill of the personal injury lawyer, and the degree of fault of the plaintiff for their own injuries.

Recovery may be paid for economic damages such as:

  • Current and future medical expenses
  • Current and future lost wages
  • Household services
  • Property damage

It can also be paid for non-economic expenses such as:

  • Pain and suffering caused by disfigurement
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of companionship
  • Permanent disability
  • Emotional distress

How much Recovery can I expect?

As mentioned above, the amount of recovery will vary by injury case. For instance, if you decide not to hire a personal injury lawyer and negotiate a settlement on your own, you may receive less money. Additionally, if your actions contributed to your own injuries the court may also decide to lower your recovery payment. The severity of your injury could also increase or decrease your recovery. And in some cases, if you wait too long to file your claim and the statute of limitations in your state has expired, you could lose your right to any recovery.

How do I increase my recovery for my personal injury?

Most personal injury claims are negotiated and settled out of court, but there are specific actions you can take to increase the amount you can receive.

First, you may want to hire an injury lawyer. Although you will pay the lawyer a large percentage of your injury settlement if you win your case, it is not unusual for a claimant to be pressured to unknowingly settle for a much lower amount than they deserve.

Next, make sure you have thoroughly investigated the accident before you negotiate. Gather witness statements and make sure you understand the negligence or fault on the defendant. Take photos and videos and gather contact information for any individual who may have witnessed the accident.

Finally, go to the doctor and get good medical treatment. Have the doctor diagnosis all of your medical injuries,  physical and mental limitations, and your prognosis for recovery.

Keep all of your medical records and medical bills. This information can be presented as evidence to the insurance company so they have a full understanding of the cost of your injuries and treatment.

The best chance you have to increase your settlement offer and your position during negotiations is to have strong evidence for your injury case.

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