what is my personal injury case worth?

A personal injury lawyer is often asked early on what the value of a case is. I sometimes respond by asking the client what a car in our parking lot is worth.  A client naturally asks how old the car is, what shape the body is in, what the make and model are, what the mileage is, whether there are any mechanical problems, etc.  People are familiar with the buying and selling of cars and they instinctively know that you have to have the specs first.

The value of a personal injury claim is also determined by the specific facts of the case. Those facts have to be known before a valid value can be assigned to the claim.  Not all cases involving a leg fracture, for example, have the same value.

The value of a case will be influenced by, among other things:

  1. The severity of the injury;
  2. The total amount of the medical expense;
  3. The extent to which the injury impacts normal activities;
  4. The amount of any past and future wages lost as a result of the injury;
  5. The magnitude and duration of the pain the injury causes;
  6. The emotional consequences of the physical injury;
  7. The future impact of the injury.

An experienced lawyer will tell you at the outset that an accurate valuing of your claim can’t be made until there is a complete understanding of the full reality of the injury. That full reality is what a jury will be asked to value when it decides what in a particular case constitutes “full, fair and adequate compensation.”

By:  Peter G. Webb


Posted in: Insurance, Lawsuits, Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation


2 Response(s) to "What Is My Personal Injury Case Worth?"

It makes sense that the facts of the case determine the value of a personal injury claim. My biggest worry is that my case won't have a lot of facts. So I'll find a good lawyer to help me find some.

  • By: Chris Pederson
  • May 28, 2021 - 12:40 PM

Thank you for the reminders and advice. I truly appreciate this blog, it is indeed advantageous to all the readers.

  • By: Medical Malpractice
  • Nov 09, 2020 - 08:13 AM

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