Most clients want to know how much their personal injury case is worth. When I first started practicing law, you would often hear lawyers and insurance adjusters say claims were worth three times the amount of medical bills. The reality though is the value depends entirely on the facts and circumstances of your individual case.
The type and extent of your injuries has a enormous impact on the value. It goes without saying that the more serious your injuries, the more value your case will have. But other things to consider include:
- Do you have permanent injuries that may not fully resolve? If so, this increases the value of your case.
- Do you have scarring or disfigurement? These types of case often have an increased value in relation to the medical bills.
- Liability is a significant factor. If there is doubtful liability it may significantly decrease the value of your claim, even sometimes when the injuries are quite severe. But on the other side, the value of the claim may be increased if the responsible party’s conduct is particularly egregious.
Often it is not immediately known how much your case is worth. You may need to take some time to determine the extent of your injuries and whether there will be long lasting impact. It is important though to speak with experienced attorneys who can help you sort through these issues.