Visitor Question

How does lack of mobility get calculated into a settlement amount?

Submitted By: Johnny (Coeur d'alene, Idaho)

I had an accident and was injured. I have no vehicle and always walk to do shopping and laundry. I have been unable to do my normal walking since the accident, except with severe pain. I am a college student also, and the semester starts soon and getting to class will also be problematic.

Since the accident, my life has stopped as I knew it. I am normally very independent, but now must bother friends for assistance. Is this type of loss calculated in my settlement amount for my injury? I am suffering more than just the pain I’m in. How do non-pain factors like loss of mobility translate into a specific amount? Thanks for any information you can give about this.

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Dear Johnny,

It’s our policy not to interfere with the attorney-client relationship. If you are presently represented by an attorney you should heed his or her advice and counsel. Your attorney will have greater access to the facts underlying your claim.

Generally speaking, there are two (2) types of loss of mobility:

1) The first refers to the pain and anguish suffered by a victim while attempting to remain ambulatory. Having to walk, climb the stairs, enter and exit cars, etc. are in this category. Compensation for pain and suffering is not calculated as a separate and independent amount. Instead, pain and suffering is a multiple of your medical bills and related costs.

2) The second refers to loss of mobility to and from medical or chiropractic treatment, to and from work, to and from the store, etc. These costs can include wear and tear on your car (if you had one), gasoline costs, taxi and bus costs, and the like. These amounts are calculated under the heading of out of pocket expenses.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: January 7, 2014

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