This is usually the number one question clients ask when they are ready to retain a personal injury attorney. Very rarely can a personal injury lawyer answer this question at the outset of a case. If you come across a lawyer that promises a specific number, run away from their office fast – this is unethical and unless the lawyer has magical powers, no attorney can guarantee an outcome.
A personal injury claim rarely can be thoroughly evaluated until the injuries have resolved or the client is satisfied with a medical opinion that maximum medical improvement has been achieved. To further predict the value of a personal injury claim, it is helpful to interview the witnesses, research the relevant law, consider lost income, and medical expenses associated with the accident.
Other factors that may affect the value of a personal injury claim include the nature of the injury, pre-existing medical conditions and the objective injuries seen on x-rays, MRIs, or CT scans.
In any personal injury case, it is important that the objective injuries as well as the subjective injuries are attributable by a physician to the accident. A competent personal injury attorney knows how to present evidence to the doctor to enhance the possibility of a favorable opinion.
Also, contrary to public opinion, and insurance company propaganda, juries are very suspicious of personal injury claimants and their attorneys. While big verdicts in injury cases make the news, it is more often than not, that an injured client receives nothing or very little from an insurance company.
Quite often, the most important factor in a personal injury claim is the likability and credibility of the client. While likability is an unfair element to a person who has been injured, it is a fact of life. If you are not credible, chances are the insurance company or a jury will not believe your injuries are related to the accident and it could hurt the value of your case.
Likewise, your claim may have a greater value if the at-fault party is not credible or not likeable. A defendant who comes across as rude, abusive, and/or uncaring may be punished by a jury. If a defendant denies he was at fault, although obviously at fault, the verdict or settlement may be more favorable.
Finding a qualified personal injury attorney can be a challenge in Las Vegas. Having some information about how claims are valued can help you ask your attorney the right questions about what your case is worth. If you have been injured in an accident, we can help. Call us today at (702) 433-2889 or fill out our on-line form for more information.