I am often asked by my clients: "How much is my case worth?" Some of the factors that are taken into consideration include:
Pain and Suffering: An insurance adjustor or jury will look to the nature of the injury, the severity of the pain, and how long the plaintiff is likely to be in pain to determine the damages to be awarded.
Medical Expenses: This includes medical expenses incurred to treat an injury, such as doctor’s visits; medications, orthopaedic devices, hospital expenses; fees for a chiropractic doctor or physical therapy. These expenses may be recoverable if they were caused by the accident. An expert can be used to an offer an opinion regarding the cost of future medical expenses.
Mental Anguish: Damages may be recovered for mental or emotional distress suffered as a result of an accident or injury. This may include excess nervousness, fright, anxiety, worry, loss of dignity, humiliation, grief, shock, and/or embarrassment. If the injured party has been scarred or disfigured by the accident, mental suffering is recoverable for this type of emotional injury.
Lost Wages: You may recover the amount of money lost or did not earn because of an accident.
Loss of Earning Capacity: You may also recover the amount of money that you could have earned in the future but wer not able to because of your injuries. Past earnings is often used to evaluate your future earning loss.
Loss of Consortium: Thisconcerns the loss of the benefits suffered by the non-injured spouse. The uninjured spouse may recover for the loss of companionship, affection, comfort, solace, phyiscal assistance around the house, and sexual relations. When evaluating the value of the loss, consideration is given for the stability of the marriage, the couple’s individual life expectancies, how much care and companionship were given to the uninjured spouse, and the degree of such losses.
Property Damage: You may recover the value of your car or the cost to repair your vehicle.