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What Are Future Damages in a Personal Injury Claim?

 

Minnesota law allows injury victims to pursue compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent party. Unfortunately, some injuries can cause lasting pain and financial strain. So how will you secure money for the long-term effects of your injury?

That’s where future damages come in.

What Are Future Damages?

In personal injury law, different types of compensation are called “damages.” These may include:

However, your injury could cause further expenses and hardships long after you’ve filed a lawsuit. Examples include:

  • Ongoing medical treatment, rehabilitation, therapy, or medications
  • Future lost wages
  • Reduced capacity to earn
  • Permanent disability
  • Lasting physical pain or emotional suffering
  • Loss of consortium

Expenses like these are why it’s essential for your personal injury attorney to include future damages in your claim. Once you’ve agreed to a settlement, you generally can’t go back and demand more money later on. The last thing you want is to exhaust your settlement package too quickly and be on the hook for injury-related expenses.

How Are Future Damages Calculated?

When calculating how much compensation to request in a lawsuit, past damages are usually pretty straightforward. Just add up your medical bills, lost wages, and the costs of repairing or replacing damaged property.

Future damages are a bit more tricky. You will need to analyze the severity of your injuries and predict the long-term impact on your life. Of course, this is easier said than done. Be sure to find a personal injury attorney who has ample experience with this process so that they can help you estimate fair compensation.

How Will Your Attorney Prove Your Future Damages?

When pursuing a personal injury claim, you’ll need evidence to justify your demands. Most insurance companies will try to pressure you into accepting a lowball settlement offer. In some cases, you may even have to take your claim to court.

Regardless, your attorney has to build a solid case to get you the compensation you deserve. So how do you prove your future damages when they haven’t occurred?

There are a few ways to do this, but the most common is by consulting expert witnesses. For example:

  • A doctor could project a timeline for your recovery and list what treatment or rehabilitation you may need
  • Your employer could explain how your injury will hinder your ability to work
  • A psychologist could vouch for the emotional effects your injury is likely to cause

Expert testimony—along with other forms of evidence—will help you defend your claims so you can get the financial support you need through a favorable settlement or trial verdict.

Don’t Leave Your Future Up to Chance

After an injury, you may find yourself facing a long road to recovery. You may even have to deal with permanent pain, disability, or emotional trauma. By including future damages in your personal injury claim, you can achieve true peace of mind as you rest and heal.

Have you been injured due to someone’s negligence or wrongdoing? If so, you may be entitled to compensation—and we can help you get it.

At SiebenCarey, we have decades of experience helping injury victims get the financial support they need in the aftermath of an accident. Just contact us, and we can:

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I was involved in a car accident that was complicated at best. God blessed with me Eric Beyer as my attorney. Although it was a long drawn out process between the two insurance companies, Eric was not only my attorney, he was my rock.

Eric is one of the most ethical people I have ever met in my lifetime. He was a constant source of not only information, but of comfort throughout the whole process. I never doubted for one moment that Eric did not have my best interest at heart. He took every word I said seriously and did what he had to do. If I ever have the misfortune of another injury like this, I would go to no one other than Eric Beyer. I will never in my lifetime be able to thank Eric enough or let him know how much I respect him and what a comfort he was and has continued to be for me. God Bless you Eric Beyer.

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I was seriously injured in a car accident on my wedding night and went to SiebenCarey. Being involved in an accident is never fun. The folks at SiebenCarey got us thru the event helping us get on with our lives. They were up front and honest. We knew we could trust them. It’s clear to me why Art has been recognized as a Best Lawyer in America and Super Lawyer for 12 years running. Now anytime I know someone who was involved in an accident I refer them to SiebenCarey.

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Jeff Montpetit and his team are always there when I needed to ask any questions .They are all working very hard on my claim from my car accident. Thank you all very much..

Jeff Adams

Art and his team have always demonstrated a high degree of professionalism and dedication. As an attorney, I appreciate this quality in a fellow colleague. I am pleased to post this review on behalf of Art.

Casidy Van Puymbrouck

Car accidents are scary, especially when your injury does not go away. I was lost and in need of help. Mr. Beyer took me in and got to the bottom of the problem. When it was all said and done the accident did not cost me anything and I recieved something for the pain and suffering!

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Having known Jim my entire life as a good family friend, I’ve always admired his ability to make others feel welcomed and excepted in any setting. This is why I didn’t hesitate to chose Jim and SiebenCarey when I needed a personal injury lawyer. He proved to be extremely thorough and professional and he made sure I was comfortable throughout the entire process. I’m only 18 years old so much of the legal process was new to me but Jim was very patient and I felt that he was there with me every step of the way. It’s clear that Jim truly cares about his clients and after my experience with Jim and the whole firm I now understand why SiebenCarey is so widely respected.

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I have known Mark Olive for many years!  Mark has navigated me through several work related injuries in the world of Workman's Comp(WC) issues since 1987. 

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