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How Much to Ask for in a Personal Injury Settlement?

Being the victim of a personal injury lawsuit can be devastating. You may be overwhelmed with difficult financial, physical and emotional pain. While no amount of money can replace what you are facing, the personal injury lawyers at Muller Brazil are here for you to make sure that you maximize every dollar you may be entitled to. This includes compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and last but not least, pain and suffering.

Factors that Affect the Settlement Amount


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Physical and Emotional Suffering

How Much do You Get for Pain and Suffering?

While there is no amount that can truly make up for your pain, the personal injury lawyers are Muller Brazil will fight to be sure that you are fairly and adequately compensated for all physical pain, mental distress, discomfort, and inconvenience, you have experienced as a result of your injuries.

The following factors play a role in determining the award for pain and suffering: 

        • Age
      • Severity of the injuries
      • Whether the injuries are temporary or permanent
      • The extent to which the injuries affect your ability to perform basic activities of daily living and other activities
      • The duration and nature of medical treatment
      • The duration and extent of the physical pain and mental anguish 
      • Health and physical condition prior to the injuries


Emotional Distress

Physical pain is not the only burden suffered in the aftermath of a personal injury incident. Sleepless nights, frustrating, painful and time consuming treatment, struggles with activities of daily living, mobility limitations, work restrictions, and the inability to function as you once did can add additional stress and anxiety, and lead to depression or worse. The personal lawyers at Muller Brazil make it a point to get to know you and the struggles you face, and fight to make sure that you are compensated fairly. 

Economic Damages

Medical Treatment Costs

Seeking medical care to properly diagnose and treat your injuries can be challenging itself. As you watch the bills from the ambulance, emergency room, primary care physicians, and co-payments add up, you may struggle to afford the treatment you need. The personal injury lawyers at Muller Brazil do their best to communicate with your providers and insurance companies so that you can focus on your recovery.  

Damage to Property

As if facing the sometimes daunting thought of a long recovery which can impact your life financially, physically and emotionally, weren’t enough, you may find yourself without the use of your vehicle. The personal injury lawyers at Muller Brazil will fight to ensure that your claim for property damages is resolved quickly and fairly.

Lost Wages

If your injuries prevent you from working, or working in the capacity you once did prior to your incident, you may be entitled to lost wages. In addition, if you suffered a permanent injury that prevents you from returning to your occupation, or earning as much as you did before the accident, you may be entitled to compensation for loss of earning capacity. The personal injury lawyers at Muller Brazil work tirelessly so that you are full and fairly compensated for such losses. 

Replacement Services

If your injuries prevent you from performing household chores, such as shoveling snow, mowing the lawn, cooking, cleaning, or even taking care of your children, you may be forced to hire help. The personal injury lawyers at Muller Brazil will ensure you are reimbursed for these expenses. 

Burial Expenses After Fatal Injuries

Affording funeral expenses is difficult enough without the tragic loss of a loved one. Fortunately, under Pennsylvania law, you are entitled to reimbursement for these expenses. 

Insurance Limits

Insurance companies have different maximum payment coverages that they will pay out for each accident. If your damages exceed a defendant’s insurance limits, there may be certain circumstances where you may collect additional damages. The personal injury lawyers at Muller Brazil will explore each and every coverage available to ensure you obtain maximum compensation for your injuries. 

How to Estimate the Settlement Amount

While each case is unique, there are several factors that influence a case value. Most often, a settlement amount reflects a combination of actual expenses and compensation for pain and suffering. From car accident settlements to slip and fall payouts, the personal injury lawyers at Muller Brazil will take the time to get to know you, the damages you suffered, the timeline for the settlement and fight for the justice you deserve.

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Meet the Author

Amy Senerth - Associate Attorney

Amy A. Senerth is a trial attorney at Muller Brazil and My Vaccine Lawyer. Ms. Senerth’s practice includes representing vaccine injury victims, and individuals who suffer catastrophic personal injuries as a result of unsafe drugs and medical devices, defective products, unsafe premises, auto, bicycle, and construction accidents. Prior to joining Muller Brazil, Ms. Senerth worked at a litigation firm specializing in worker’s compensation subrogation, and representing injured workers in third party and product liability cases.

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