“What is my personal injury case worth?” is a very frequent question asked by injured people and their families. Providing an answer to this question is often very difficult because the exact value of a personal injury case is impossible to know. Every case is different based on its unique set of facts. However, knowing what factors determine the value is necessary to maximize the value of your case.
An experienced St. Louis personal injury lawyer knows that the value of your personal injury case is dependent on many things. First, you are entitled to recover your out of pocket expenses. Second, you are entitled to recover expenses you are reasonably certain to incur in the future. Finally, you are also entitled to recover for the pain and suffering you experienced as a result of the injury, both past and future pain and suffering. Thus, to determine the value of your personal injury case, one should assess the following factors:
- Who was at fault;
- Past medical expenses;
- Past income lost due to time away from work;
- Past pain and suffering;
- Future medical expenses
- Future income lost due to time away from work;
- Future income lost due to an inability to work as effectively as before the injury;
- Future pain and suffering;
- Conduct of the person causing your injury;
- Prior injuries or accidents; and
- Other aggravating circumstances.
It is only after a thorough review of the facts that a true and honest assessment can be made. An experienced personal injury lawyer can look to his or her past experiences to better evaluate the unique factors of your personal injury case. If you have a personal injury case and want to discuss its value, please call an experienced St. Louis personal injury lawyer at (314) 328-0123 to schedule a consultation. The consultation is free.