There are several factors that need to be considered in determining what the value of a Personal Injury case is. Multiple attorneys can have varying opinions with regards to the same case. That is because some attorneys will lend more weight to certain factors that other attorneys decline to. At the end of the day however, the initial evaluation of the case can determine whether the client obtains the best possible result.
Most attorneys would agree that the multitude of factors that must be considered when evaluating a Personal Injury case can be placed into three groups. These groups are Liability, Damages and Venue.
Liability is the determination of which litigant was responsible for causing the incident that led to the lawsuit. Liability can be placed solely on the shoulders of one party, or can be divided between the parties by assigning percentages of fault based upon the facts of the case.
Damages are the injuries and losses incurred by the Plaintiff. Severity of the injury, length of time medical treatment is required and loss of wages are some of the prominent damages that are regularly seen in Personal Injury cases.
Venue refers to the location that the case is going to be tried. Past verdicts play a significant role in determining what a future case will be worth in the same county.
This is an over simplification of what goes into the evaluation process for a Personal Injury case. It is highly advisable to seek the assistance of an attorney in trying to decide the value of one of these types of cases.
If you have been injured in an accident of any type, and have questions on how to proceed with your case, please call us at (516) 858-2620 to speak with an attorney who can help you.