Although every case is unique, there are several factors that juries, attorneys, and insurance companies use to value a personal claim. Whether it’s an auto accident, slip and fall, or dog bite, these aspects of a case are always important to consider before settlement.
- Injuries – Often called objective medical findings and subjective medical complaints, these comprise the most important component of an injury claim. The objective medical findings are what you can actually see from MRIs, CT scans, x-rays and the subjective medical complaints are what an injured person tells his or her medical provider about the pain and effects it has on his or her life.
- Property Damage and Pictures – Most often in the context of an auto accident, this means the property damage sustained by the vehicles in the accident. In other cases, this can mean pictures of the floor where you slipped or photos of injuries. Remember, it is always important to document an injury case. By the time an injured person hires a lawyer, some of this evidence could be gone.
- Medical Bills – Many insurance companies rely heavily on the amount of medical bills when deciding how much to offer for a settlement.
- Medical Treatment – The type of medical treatment and the length of time an injured person spends undergoing the medical treatment is a factor to be considered when evaluating a case. Did the injured person have to undergo surgery? Was treatment strictly limited to chiropractic care? The case values between these two scenarios will almost always be different and can be factored into a pain and suffering valuation.
- Lost Wages – If a person is unable to work due to an injury, the amount of lost income can certainly be factored into a settlement or judgment.
As you can see, the value of a personal injury case is not always as straightforward as one may assume. The experienced attorneys at McCulloch can help you navigate the evaluation of a case following a personal injury or automobile accident and fight to achieve maximum compensation for you. Should you have any questions about your case value following a personal injury or an automobile accident, McCulloch offers attorney consultations at no charge to you. Call us today for your free consultation and case review.