“What is my case worth?” and “What kind of compensation can I expect?” are the two most common questions we hear from accident victims.
Probably the most common questions we hear from callers are “What is my case worth?" and "What kind of compensation can I expect?” Although these questions seem easy to answer, in many ways they are nearly impossible to answer at the early stages of a case.
It’s similar to asking a sports expert to predict the score of a ball game before the game is even played. Many factors can come into play during a ballgame, and the outcome is determined only by the score at the final buzzer.
The Death of a Loved One – The most difficult consideration is determining the value represented by the loss of a family member, including the funeral and burial costs, loss of companionship, and future income contributions to the family’s financial security.
Expenses Incurred - The amount of medical bills, prescription expenses, lost wages, diminished earning capacity, and other costs associated with dealing with an injury (such as the need for paying for outside help) should all be taken into account.
Consistency of Medical Care – It’s important that you faithfully keep all appointments with your medical provider. Gaps in treatment can significantly decrease the value of any case.
The Nature, Extent, and Seriousness of Injuries – Injuries can vary significantly, from common soft tissue injuries (whiplash, back sprains, etc.) and broken bones to serious injuries (paralysis, amputation, traumatic brain damage) that require surgery.
Insurance Policy Limits – Unfortunately, the value of your case can be limited by the policy limits of the insurance of the at-fault party. That’s why we consider all legal possibilities to draw from all insurance sources—including other parties who may have played a role in your injuries, as well as your own insurance (if you are uninsured or are under-insured).
The Duration of Your Recovery – Recovery times vary significantly. Some injuries take weeks to recovery from; more serious injuries require months or even years. In some unfortunate situations, the injured person never recovers entirely.
Once we have thoroughly investigated your accident and injuries, we will then have the necessary information for determining the value of your claim. Once assessed, we can begin to negotiate a fair settlement for your case.
To learn more about how much your personal injury claim is worth, or to further discuss the details of your case with a qualified Washington personal injury lawyer at Craig Swapp & Associates, fill out the quick contact form below or give our office a call at 1-800-404-9000.