How much your personal injury claim might be worth

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If you're injured in an accident, you can figure out how much compensation you can get by using a special formula.
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If you’ve been injured in an accident, you may be able to get money from the party who caused your injury. The law uses the term damages. The process to determine damages is more involved than you might think. There’s no standard formula. Many factors come into play, and every person’s situation is different. Learn how to figure out what your claim might be worth.

What you should know

Figuring out the damages you might get 

Working through an example

"Three years ago I was injured in a car accident caused by another driver. I was off work for three weeks because of headaches and neck, back, and leg pain. The accident also aggravated my pre-existing lower back problems. Ever since, I’ve had to limit my activities. I still can’t go for long runs, lift heavy items, or vacuum, for example. And I can only sit for an hour at a time. Along the way, I’ve been on medication, done physio, and seen other rehabilitation specialists. It’s been over a year since I started a court action and now ICBC is talking about settling. How much compensation can I get?"

– Rosie, Victoria, BC

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  • This information applies to British Columbia, Canada
  • Reviewed for legal accuracy in May 2021
  • Time to read: 13 minutes

Reviewed for legal accuracy by

Paul Warnett, Warnett Hallen LLP

Paul Warnett

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