After being in a motorcycle wreck, riders often ask, “How much is my Spokane motorcycle accident claim worth?” The best way to find out is to schedule a consultation with a motorcycle wreck attorney from Craig Swapp & Associates. The damages involved in each case are unique. However, there are certain factors that go into valuing any claim:

  • Negligence
  • Expenses
  • Cost of medical care
  • Lost wages and income
  • The future impact of your injuries

We will explore all of those factors below.


Determining Negligence

After a motorcycle accident, it is critical to hire an attorney and begin gathering information to prove the negligence of the other party. Negligence is the legal term for fault. In order for you to receive financial compensation, you must be less at-fault than the other rider or driver.

Certain things can help prove negligence:


Direct Expenses

You will have direct expenses associated with your accident. Things like the cost of repairing your bike or purchasing a new one altogether would be directly related to the accident itself. Your emergency medical care would be an example of another direct expense.


Medical Care

Many crash victims make the mistake of only seeking compensation for the medical care that they have received to date. This is shortsighted because you may need additional care in the future to fully recover or even maintain your current level of recovery.

For this reason, we will work with your doctor to determine what your long-term prognosis is. We will need to know if you are going to require any of the following:

  • Regular checkups
  • Rehabilitation and physical therapy
  • Emotional counseling

It will also be necessary to incorporate the costs of any medical procedures or surgeries that your doctor recommends.

When placing a value on your injury claim, we will include both your current medical expenses and the expenses that your doctor feels you will incur in the future. This is necessary for ensuring that you do not end up paying medical expenses out of pocket down the road.


Missed Time from Work

If your accident caused injuries that made it impossible for you to work, you deserve compensation for your lost wages and income. Even if you missed work temporarily, you can still recover those wages through your personal injury lawsuit.

Additionally, if your doctor feels that you will never be able to fully recover and return to work in your prior capacity, you could be entitled to compensation for any wages you are likely to lose in the future. To calculate this amount, we will need to see your paystubs and W-2s.


Long-Term Impact

Any expenses that you have or will incur as a result of your accident should be part of the calculations used to determine your settlement amount. In the long term, we often see accident victims need to retrofit their homes, hire caregivers, and use special vehicles to get around. We will include the estimated costs of all of these things when valuing your claim if they seem likely to apply in your case.

You may also be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, the impact of accident-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other noneconomic losses.


Value Your Claim with Help from a Spokane Motorcycle Crash Lawyer

To determine what your motorcycle crash claim is worth, schedule an appointment with Craig Swapp & Associates. We can review each of these factors and answer any questions you may have.

Scheduling a free consultation is as easy as completing the form below or calling 1-800-404-9000. Get started today, and explore your legal options with an attorney who will be fully dedicated to your case.