Calculating the value of a personal injury claim is a complicated matter. The best way to get an estimated value of your case is to meet in an initial consultation with an attorney at Matthew G. Miller , where an attorney will review the facts of your case and help make an assessment of the potential damages you might be able to claim. However, in the meantime, here are some simple questions that can help you get an idea what your case could potentially be worth.
- How much are your medical bills? Medical bills will be an important part of your personal injury claim. The insurance company for the responsible party will have to pay for your medical care as part of your settlement.
- How many weeks were you disabled? The amount of time that you were in pain or unable to return to your normal activity level will determine how much you can be compensated for pain and suffering. You can be partially or totally disabled, and it is usually measured in a period of weeks.
- Who is responsible? If you were partially liable for your accident, the amount you will be compensated will be reduced. However, if you were more than 50% at fault in your accident, you will be unable to bring a claim against the other party.
- Are there any special factors? Cases are valued on an individual basis. If a victim has to undergo surgery, is in severe pain, was pregnant at the time of the accident, or had some other special consideration, they can potentially be compensated more due to the circumstances.
- Is your injury permanent? Permanent injuries require additional compensation to make up for future pain and suffering and future medical expenses. Any injury that will remain with the victim for the rest of their life, such as scarring, pain, and other conditions, will warrant additional compensation.
- Did you lose time from work? If your accident caused you to miss work, you can be compensated for your lost wages.