Posted by: Kemmy Law Firm
It is perhaps the most common question that personal injury lawyers are asked, “What is my injury worth?”
Understandably it’s the question you want a definite answer to. It represents the amount you paid out of pocket for medical care, the time missed at work, and as compensation for the pain you experienced. But it is a complex question.
The value of your case can be affected by a wide range of factors. Was the other party negligent? Were your injuries documented? How much are you likely to spend on medical bills now and in the future? Was it an injury in the workplace?
One of the benefits of hiring a personal injury attorney is their body of experience and knowledge. They can examine the various aspects of your case to determine the true financial value of your injury.
At the Kemmy Law Firm, we represent injury victims across West Texas, the Permian Basin, and in the Midland-Odessa, Hobbs, New Mexico area. Call (844) 334–4388 today and set up your free, no-risk consultation to discuss your situation and the potential value of a personal injury claim.
Whether your personal injury case is settled by the insurance company or argued in the courtroom, there are certain factors that are likely to increase or decrease the amount of money at stake.
These key factors include:
When determining how much your injury is worth, your attorney will consider several types of damages. A major portion of this is your medical expenses. Treatment, ambulance transportation, follow-up visits, surgeries, and medications are all considered when assessing how much an injury cost you.
If you have to spend time away from work because of your injury, your lost wages will also be taken into account. Victims who permanently lose their ability to work due to an accident can also seek damages for future lost wages.
Another important type of compensation is your pain and suffering. While more difficult to value than other damages, pain and suffering still makes up a large portion of many settlements. The healing process is difficult and will likely decrease your quality of life as you recover. The pain and suffering you endure during and after the accident could increase your settlement.
There are also other types of damages that may be unique to your situation and injury. This can include out of pocket travel expenses and home renovations, among others. These can be hard to keep track of, but help from and experienced personal injury attorney, you can get a better picture of what your injury is worth.
It’s clear that more evidence leads to a stronger case, which then leads to higher settlements and awards. As soon as possible after your accident, document the circumstances that caused the accident and its aftermath.
If you were in a car accident, take pictures and video of the crash scene from multiple angles. If you suffer a slip and fall accident, make sure someone gets pictures of the broken stairwell, unsalted icy sidewalk, or walkway obstruction. Keep backups and provide copies to your attorney.
Evidence of your injuries is crucial. Personal injury cases often hinge on whether or not you have verifiable injuries and whether or not those injuries were caused by the other party. Photograph you injuries, get copies of all of your medical records, keep a journal of your physical recovery, and provide everything to your attorney.
In some accidents, there may be physical evidence to preserve than others. For instance, if you are bitten by a dog, you may have bloody, ripped clothing. After a car accident, your vehicle damage is evidence of the crash.
When we take a case at Kemmy Law Firm, we do so knowing that we are helping our clients and making our community a safer place. We believe that people should be held responsible when their negligence causes someone else to suffer.
Get a free consultation. We do not charge up-front fees, and you owe nothing unless you recover compensation.
When you work with us at Kemmy Law Firm, you are working with a family run firm with more than 50 years of combined experience. We are dedicated and successful trial attorneys practicing in West TX, Hobbs, NM, Midland-Odessa, and across the Permian Basin. Our team handles everything from catastrophic injury claims to complex business matters. We are here to fight for you. We dedicate our time and attention to your case and use every resource available to maximize your claim and obtain the best possible outcome.