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How Much Can I Expect?

This is one of the most difficult questions an injured person will ask an attorney. Cases have value based on five areas, assuming the liability, i.e., who is at fault, issue is clear. Plaintiffs in personal injury cases are entitled to five areas of damages. Those areas are as follows:

  • Past medical bills
  • Future medical bills
  • Past lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity in the future
  • Pain and suffering

There is no tried and proven formula to determine exactly how much a case is worth and it really depends on the seriousness of the injury and how the merits of each case.

Others factors that can affect how much a person will receive for an injury settlement depends upon many factors such as the severity of the injury, the length of treatment for the injury, the amount of permanent tissue damage done, how much work was missed, how much pay was lost, how it affected the lifestyle and the ability to work of the individual, and what kind of job they had if it was permanently lost due to the injuries.

Without an experienced lawyer, an insurance company will try to convince you that your claim isn't worth much. An experienced lawyer knows from a lot of experience how much a case is worth. They also have negotiating skills, have the threat of a lawsuit, and have it in their interest to get the highest amount since they will earn more if they get more for you.

More serious accident settlements also depend on the amount of insurance available and sometimes issues such as how a person's appearance is affected if there is scarring or disfigurement. They may also be reliant on whether or not future surgery is recommended by their doctor or if a wrongful death has occurred.


It is always wise to consult with an experienced lawyer when you are in need of legal advice or services. Never sign any legal papers until you have consulted with a lawyer.

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