How to Calculate a Car Accident Settlement in California

Have you been injured in California in an auto accident that someone else caused? If so, you are likely looking into the process of filing an injury claim so you can receive a settlement for your damages.

One of the most important steps of an injury claim is figuring out how much your damages amount to so you can receive a full settlement. You don’t want to receive less than your claim is worth, so here’s more information on how to calculate a car accident settlement in California.

Calculating Your California Auto Injury Settlement

Vehicle crashes can cause overwhelming losses for victims, such as painful injuries, property damage, medical expenses, lost wages, and emotional trauma. You need to receive a settlement to pay for all these losses. The first step in calculating your damages is to add up your accident-related financial losses.

You should be sure to include every financial loss your accident brought you. You can include these items and more:

  • Lost wages
  • Medical treatment expenses
  • Costs of physical therapy
  • Costs of mental health treatment
  • Costs of repairing or replacing your vehicle
  • Caregiving expenses

Next, you will need to document all the ways this accident has caused you to suffer in nonmonetary ways. For instance, you can document your physical pain, emotional suffering, scarring, permanent injury, and the effects this accident has had with regard to your quality of life.

Next, you will need to come up with a figure that you believe will adequately account for your suffering. It’s a good idea to get an attorney’s assistance in calculating your settlement so you won’t miss out on money you’re rightfully owed.

Partner with a Car Crash Attorney in California

It’s helpful to learn how to calculate a car accident settlement in California, but remember—you don’t have to handle the claim process on your own. An attorney with Custodio & Dubey LLP can advise you throughout the claim process and will assist you in seeking the full compensation you deserve for your auto wreck.

Receive a free claim assessment by dialing (888) 200-9431 or by sending in the internet submission form found below.


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