This is one of the harder questions for an attorney to answer. Determining the value of your personal injury claim will depend on the severity of your injuries, the details of the case, insurance limits and the identity of the defendant. The settlement value of a case is based on many factors, assuming that the liability issue (the other driver caused the accident) is straightforward. These areas include:
- Past medical bills
- Future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
Contrary to what a lot of people think, there is no rule or formula for determining a case's value in D.C., Maryland or Virginia. There are too many factors to consider - especially at the beginning of a case.
Here's a tip - run (don't walk) from any lawyer who says in your first meeting "Your case is worth this much or that much"; that is a sign of inexperience, or worse, someone trying to sell you on his services. There is no way to put a dollar figure on the value of a case in an initial meeting - and you can't trust anyone who says otherwise.
After getting to know you and thoroughly investigating your case, can we give you an estimate as to the settlement value of your case? Of course, but only after a lot of hard work. And we'll explain why and how we determined your settlement value estimate - everything we considered and the specifics of your case.
That's different from the way a lot of lawyers do it. But that's how we work.