Most people are aware that as victims of personal injury, you have the ability to seek damages against the individual or party who caused them harm.
However, in many instances, people have difficulty articulating their injuries and do not fully comprehend the amount of damages to which they are reasonably entitled.
Many clients begin their injury odyssey with unrealistic expectations about their ultimate financial compensation, because they truly don’t understand how the law calculates their damages.
“My decades-long career as a plaintiff’s attorney has afforded me an ability to ask the proper questions in order to gather the most relevant information,” said Laird Ozmon of Ozmon Law in Joliet. “I can then assess all potential damages to which a plaintiff may be legally entitled to recover in a lawsuit, and explain it to my client.“
According to Ozmon, this process not only helps clients to know their rights but also to have reasonable expectations as to the amount of money they may expect to recover.
The law is very specific about the damages that are recoverable in a personal injury case. If the case goes to trial, the jury is instructed to award money as to specific elements of damages proved by the evidence.
Some damages are much easier to value than others, like a fixed amount supported by medical bills or verified lost wages.
It is more difficult to assess damages for future medical expenses, like a surgery that won’t become necessary for five years, but is related to the claim.
Then there are less tangible, but also the most important elements of damages including pain and suffering, disability or disfigurement.
The amount of money that may be recovered for these elements is highly subjective and the evidence and arguments presented by the plaintiffs lawyer are vital and determinative as to the amount recovered be it by settlement or jury verdict.
“Making the case for damages is the final and most important chapter in the plaintiff’s story,” Ozmon said. “ Over my nearly 40 years of trial experience, I have always focused on making that chapter end with my plaintiff’s recovering the maximum fair and just compensation from the jury.”