Tuesday, May 31, 2011
WHAT IS THE VALUE OF MY PERSONAL INJURY CASE? What about my car?
Of course, if someone damages you, and your car, through no fault of your own, you entitled to recover damages for personal injury, and for damages to your property as well. Many Baltimore personal injury lawyers don't get involved in the "property damage" aspect of the typical motor vehicle accident. If your car can be fixed, you're entitled to reasonable repair costs plus a reasonable amount for loss of use [e.g. rental]. If your car is a total loss, you're entitled to the fair market value of the car, plus loss of use. The prudent driver will carry "GAP" insurance on all vehicles they do not own outright. There is also a separate type of property damage dealing with loss of value called "diminution of value" discussed in another chapter. An experienced Baltimore personal injury lawyer can provide insight into a reasonable property damage offer, and ware of alternatives for you.