If a car wreck case goes to trial, the jury determines how much your case is worth. But if you are settling a case prior to trial, a number of factors play a role in establishing the worth of a case. A good personal injury attorney makes their evaluation based upon all the doctor’s reports, present and future medical bills, and a comprehensive discussion with your doctor. Information covered should include the invasiveness of, pain associated with, and duration of treatment; future pain and discomfort; and loss of enjoyment of life. Employment considerations include past lost wages and future lost wages.
Insurance companies are an important factor too. They keep track of cases nationwide and evaluate how much they think you case is worth, based in part on how much they think a jury in your State would give at trial. They have a list of doctors whom they consider doctors who overtreat their patients, doctors whose bills can be challenged at trial, and which doctors make good or bad witnesses. Insurance companies also know which attorneys are willing to go to trial.
In summary, there is no magic formula in determining the value of a personal injury case. Hiring the right personal injury attorney can go a long way toward winning your case or getting a fair settlement. If you have been injured in an auto collision, please contact the Law Office of Ben Crittenden at 907-771-9002 for a free consultation.