Determining Case Value in Personal Injury Lawsuits

One of the most frequently-asked questions to attorneys is how much a particular case is worth. Though every potential client would enjoy a simple numerical value or range, this question is almost impossible to answer easily. There are countless variables relevant to determining the value of a case, and many of these do not become apparent until the case is already moving along. Despite these limitations to providing concrete answers, certain variables are important in assessing the quality of a case.

  • Liability: To receive compensation for damages as a result of an accident, an individual must prove who was at fault for the accident. If someone else is liable for your injuries through negligence, recklessness, or misconduct, you may be entitled to compensation for the resulting injury or damages. There are some instances, though, when an individual is entitled to compensation even if they are partly at fault.
  • Evidence: Liability is proven through evidence. The quality of evidence such as police reports, witness statements, medical documents, depositions, and physical evidence is integral in proving who is at fault for an accident.
  • Injuries: The value of monetary compensation an individual receives is heavily determined by the extent of their injuries. This is determined by the combined costs of current and future pain and suffering, current and projected medical bills, lost wages and the loss of earning capacity.
  • Additional Factors: There are many other important factors that are relevant to a case’s value, including the laws of the state, the limits on awards that each court system can establish, and the quality of legal representation obtained.

Even with a very good case, it is important to have high quality legal representation to navigate through this complicated process and ensure the best result possible. With our extensive understanding of cases, once one of our experienced personal injury attorneys has gathered all medical records, statements, and evidence, they may be able to better inform you of the damages you may be entitled to recover in a personal injury lawsuit. If you would like to determine whether you are owed compensation for your injuries, contact our attorneys to review whether you have a potential lawsuit.