If you were in an accident or suffered an injury due to someone else’s negligence, you could be entitled to compensation. Knowing how much compensation your case is worth can be challenging to navigate. To better understand how much your case is worth, you should always discuss your scenario with a personal injury lawyer. He or she can analyze your case and the associated costs to determine how much you may be entitled to.
Before your consultation, however, there are ways you can calculate your case’s worth.
Calculate Injury Costs
To calculate the injury costs, consider the monetary damages you suffered. For example, how expensive are your current and future medical bills? If you had to take time off of work or if you need to change occupations because of your injury, you may also have to include the cost of school or what it may take to change careers and positions. Your injury costs are more than just the monetary losses. In some cases, you may be able to ask for pain and suffering. To calculate the costs of pain and suffering, your lawyer will use a formula. Essentially, you take the sum of your expenses and use a multiplier to determine pain and suffering.
If you want to win your injury claim, you need evidence to prove your injury and make sense of the settlement you’re asking for. For example, you may need to gather medical bills, repair costs, police reports and more. Your evidence needs to show the injuries you suffered, who was at fault and how much your injuries cost you.
Consult with an Attorney
To know what your case is worth, you need to talk with a lawyer. When you have a lawyer to advocate for your compensation, you are more likely to see success. On the one hand, lawyers will not take your case unless they believe you have a chance of winning. Since most personal injury lawyers work for a contingency fee, they do not receive payment until you receive your award. While an attorney cannot make promises about your settlement, they can calculate reasonable compensation and fight for it.
Set up a consultation with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to find out your case’s worth. An attorney will consider every expense and help fight for the settlement that you deserve. Once you know your case’s value, keep in mind that you will need evidence to back up the claim and explain your case’s worth.