What is My Case Worth?

This is often the first question clients ask their lawyers. But every accident and every injured person is different and the value and outcome of each case depends on a variety of factors. Properly evaluating a personal injury claim is one of the most difficult things an attorney must do. Most seasoned and experienced personal injury attorneys will never evaluate the value of a personal injury case during an initial consultation, but will wait until a proper and thorough investigation of the claim has been conducted, including examining liability, the extent of the injuries, disability, medical expenses, lost wages, and permanent injury. While most claims settle without a lawsuit being filed or a case going to trial, part of evaluating a claim is based on projecting what the outcome of a jury trial would be, so we attempt to determine what the probable jury verdict would be if the case went to court. Whether your case goes to trial, arbitration, mediation or settlement, there are several consistent factors that help determine what your case is worth. All of these factors must be evaluated together to estimate the value of your case.

The following are many of the factors considered in evaluating a claim:

  • Liability
  • Type and extent of injury
  • Wrongful death
  • Objective versus subjective injuries
  • Wounds and scars
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Fractures, broken bones, dislocations
  • Ligament or cartilage tears
  • Brain or spinal cord injury
  • Spinal disc or vertebrae injury
  • Amputation and catastrophic injuries
  • Psychological damage
  • Permanent injury or disability
  • Effects on work and lifestyle
  • Type, length and effectiveness of medical treatment
  • Length of recovery or convalescence
  • Amount of your medical bills
  • Amount of your lost wages
  • The extent of property damage to your vehicle and the defendant's vehicle
  • The county where the case will be tried
  • Trial versus arbitation versus mediation
  • Likeability of the plaintiff and the defendant
  • Pre-existing injuries
  • Prior claims history

If you are injured in an accident, the experienced Brockton personal injury attorney at Sousa & Sousa can help you determine what your case is worth. Even though no two cases are the same, we can compare the facts, liability and injuries in your case to the thousands of cases that we have successfully handled and we can consult jury verdict and settlement research to determine the value of your case. We work diligently to evaluate your case and explain in detail your legal options which will include settlement, mediation, arbitration or a jury trial. Our firm is dedicated to advocating for your best interest and achieving the best outcome possible for your case. With over fifty years of experience, the attorneys of Sousa & Sousa have established a reputation as leaders in personal injury law. We are dedicated to helping you obtain the compensation you deserve, whether it is at trial, through arbitration, mediation or settlement. Our initial consultations are always free and we never charge attorney's fees unless we recover compensation for you. Call us at (508) 230-5300 for a confidential consultation or contact us online.

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