Motorcycle wrecks are notorious for their increased potential for resulting in significant and even fatal injuries. As such, the stakes are high for motorcycle riders who assert their legal rights and choose to pursue financial compensation for their damages from an at-fault party. When injured riders need to make the most of this opportunity and secure full and fair compensation, they should be intent on working with experienced attorneys who know how to maximize recoveries.
At Stern Law Group, our Houston personal injury lawyers are dedicated to fighting for the maximum compensation possible. During our years in practice, we have leveraged more than 150 years of combined experience and a passion for making the difference in victims’ lives to recover more than $800 million in verdicts and settlements on their behalves!
Because the needs of victims are commonly elevated in motorcycle accident cases, our legal team often receives questions from victims and concerned family members about how much their potential case is worth. Unfortunately, this is not an easy question to answer, as all accidents, injuries, and victims are unique. The most accurate answer we can provide is: it depends.
While it is difficult to tell a victim exactly how much their case is worth, it is beneficial to help them understand the types of damages for which they can receive compensation. This can help them gain better insight into the personal injury claim process and what they can generally expect when financial and future concerns loom large.
Victims of motorcycle accidents have a right to recover the following types of damages:
- Economic Damages – Economic damages are a key component of accident case recoveries. As these damages are verifiable costs and expenses, they can be tabulated toward the end of a victim’s treatment in order to show how an accident, injury, and subsequent needs resulted in financial damages. Common economic damages include things like property damage, medical bills, and lost earnings caused by missing work. In cases involving motorcycle wrecks where serious or catastrophic injuries result in long-term or permanent medical issues, victims can also recover compensation for expected future medical expenses and expected loss of future earnings. Calculating these future needs is essential to ensuring victims and families have the means to address all issues related to their injuries as they move on with their lives. At Stern Law Group, we carefully consider all past economic damages and work with medical experts to fully illustrate the financial expenses associated with a victim’s future needs.
- Non-Economic Damages – As opposed to economic damages, noneconomic damages do not have a fixed price tag attached to them. This is because noneconomic damages refer to all the emotional and intangible injuries victims can suffer following preventable accidents and injuries, including pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of quality of life, and more. In many cases, noneconomic damages can be substantial and they can profoundly impact the lives of victims. Additionally, families of victims who endure mental anguish, emotional injuries, and loss of emotional support can also be awarded compensation for their noneconomic damages.
Aside from these two primary types of damages, some cases may present the opportunity for punitive damages, also known as exemplary damages. Punitive damages are not awarded in every case, and instead are reserved for cases in which defendants caused harm as a result of excessively negligent, malicious, or fraudulent conduct. For instance, punitive damages may be available in cases involving drunk driving, since it is well known that driving while intoxicated is an extremely dangerous and illegal act that puts others at risk. When available, our team aggressively pursues recoveries of exemplary damages in order to further provide victims with financial resources.
Ultimately, the value of a case depends on many factors – especially those that are often unknown in the initial stages, including the types of treatment victims need and how they recover from their injuries. It’s hard to predict the value of a case early on when a victim still requires a lot of treatment, with the possibility that more issues or more invasive treatment will be required.
At every stage of the legal process, our award-winning lawyers make it a priority to keep our clients informed about all aspects of their cases, including the types of damages they may be eligible to recover once a case is resolved. While victims focus on their recoveries, we focus on handling all the legal work involved in pursuing the best resolution possible on their behalves.
To learn more about your right to compensation following a motorcycle accident or any other preventable incident that resulted in injuries, contact Stern Law Group 24/7 for a FREE consultation.