Sally Morin, San Francisco personal injury attorney, discusses a question that almost everyone who calls her with a potential personal injury case wants to know the answer to: “How much is my case worth?“
If you’ve ever had an injury case and called a lawyer and they told you the dollar amount over the phone or even at your first meeting, I hope you did not hire that lawyer, because it’s really difficult to tell what the value of a case is going to be at first glance. There are a lot of things that go into this determination.
Number one would be the physical injuries that you suffered. The greater the injury the greater the value of the case, sadly.
The second thing you have to consider is: would you lose work? Loss of earnings. Did you lose some income? That’s another factor that’s calculated into the value of the case.
A big one is medical expenses – that’s the third one. They have to be reasonable and necessary, but if your medical expenses are high, your case is worth more than if you’ve got a couple of hundred bucks for medical expenses.
Property damage is the fourth element. Let say you are in a motorcycle accident and your motorcycle gets scratched. That’s not as impactful for the case as if your motorcycle was totaled, so that’s something else to consider.
The fifth and final element is your pain and suffering. What sort of pain and suffering did you endure because of the accident? How did your life change? What sort of activities did you do before the accident that you couldn’t do afterward?
All these elements go into determining the value of a personal injury case. You want to be sure that when you talk with a personal injury attorney, they take all of these factors into consideration before they even try and give you a ballpark figure.
Sally Morin, pedestrian, motorcycle, bicycle and car accident attorney, has been helping her awesome clients navigate personal injury cases since 1997. She loves working with active “go-getters” like herself. She brings enthusiasm and positivity to the table to help her clients get through the tough and complex personal injury process.
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