This is probably the most frequently asked question of personal injury lawyers, but one of the most difficult to answer definitively. While a lawyer can explain how they came up with an amount of what they think your case is worth, they can’t tell you exactly how much your case is worth. If you’ve hired a lawyer who claims he/she can guarantee a dollar amount, then you should consider getting a second opinion.
So why can’t a lawyer give you a specific amount?
No two cases are exactly alike. It’s a bit like saying that two different Honda Accords bought at the same time from the same dealer are going to need the same repairs at the same time for the life of the vehicles – it’s an unlikely scenario. With that in mind, there are certain economic and non-economic damages to consider for every car wreck case. Add up all these expenses and you can reasonably determine, without any guarantees, what your case is worth:
- Medical Expenses – Includes current, actual expenses and any future, estimated expenses likely to be incurred due to your injuries.
- Lost Wages – Includes actual income lost to date due to missed work, and any injury-related future income likely to be lost.
- Pain and Suffering – It’s difficult to put a dollar amount on this type of damage. It’s an amount given for the physical, emotional and mental pain that one suffers because of their injuries. It encompasses the pain and suffering to date and may also include any future pain and suffering that is likely to be endured.
- Punitive Damages – Also a difficult amount to quantify. This is an amount awarded to the plaintiff with the intention of punishing the defendant for his/her actions and to deter them from engaging in similar conduct in the future.
Macon car accident attorney Jarome Gautreaux knows how to get insurance companies to pay maximum dollar based on your individual personal circumstances. Contact us today for a free consultation. As always, there are no fees until we recover money for you.