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Melissa is a mother of 2, lives in Utah, and writes for a multitude of sites. She is currently the EIC of HarcourtHealth.com and writes about health, wellness, and business topics.

It is never pleasant to go through the pains/distress caused by an accident, no matter if you are the victim or someone very close to him/her, however, life must go on. One thing that can help alleviate the pain is to seek for compensation after suffering an accident which in legal terms is considered a personal injury.

If until now it was pretty hard to calculate the amount of money you could obtain after being injured, things have become simpler as there are various tools which can be used to calculate a compensation. Another good news is that these tools can be used no matter how serious the accident was.

One of these tools is an online personal injury calculator. This is a tool which, as its name says, can be used to determine the amount of money you could obtain after suffering a personal injury.

What can a personal injury calculator do and cannot do?

As mentioned above, a personal injury calculator can be of great help when considering asking for compensation after suffering an accident and you are interested to know how much money you are entitled to receive. What it cannot do is to predict the exact compensation you will obtain.

These calculators were created with the aim of helping victims of personal injuries known that they can be compensated for the losses they suffered and of calculating the possible amount of money they could obtain in a fast and comfortable manner. They are mostly useful to those who have suffered personal injuries for the first time and don’t know what to expect when claiming compensation or how to negotiate with an insurance company.

How the personal injury calculator works

The personal injury calculator is a great tool because it will offer personalized results. All you need to do is to search for one (you can usually find them on law firm’s websites) and enter the values in the requested fields.

There are usually a few steps to complete when using a personal injury calculator, however they are not complicated and do not imply any lengthy procedure or a long period of waiting as you can obtain instantly your result.

Steps after using the personal injury calculator

So, you used the calculator to determine the compensation you can ask for. The next step is to either go to the insurance company and negotiate with them directly or asking for specialized helped. While you could be tempted to go to the insurer by yourself, you should know that insurance companies have their own calculators with different algorithms which will show smaller amounts of money for compensations. This is why once you used the calculator to consult with a lawyer for a professional estimation and only after that go to the insurer.

Using a personal injury calculator is helpful for anyone who has suffered an accident, no matter the type of accident and the gravity of the case. It is simple to use it free of charge, therefore if you are victim of a personal injury and need some guidance before talking to an attorney, you can use it in order to get an idea on how your case will be handled.