What determines the value of a personal injury case?
You’ll frequently hear people discussing the valuation of personal injury cases talking about value enhancers. Value enhancers are facts in the case that increase what the case is perceived to be worth. Things that increase the value of your personal injury case can take many different forms. Value enhancers may be an extreme or graphic injury caused by the party. It could be exceptional cases of recklessness or negligence by the defendant. For example, a DUI driver in a car accident is a real value driver in most cases. It could also be a repeated pattern of failure to properly maintain a truck, for example. All those things are facts that we can look at as potential value drivers in personal injury cases, and they are by no means an exclusive list of value enhancers or value drivers. We certainly want to look for those things and, particularly, actions on behalf of the defendant or things that the defendant failed to do that could be real value drivers or enhancers.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS IN PERSONAL INJURY CASES
- What is negligence and why does it matter in my Georgia personal injury case?
- Can I change lawyers in my Georgia personal injury case?
- Can I settle my personal injury case myself?
- Should I be cautious about referrals from medical care providers to a lawyer?
WHAT YOU FOCUS ON AFTER YOU HAVE BEEN HURT IN AN ACCIDENT
Video: “What you focus on after you have been hurt in an accident”
If you were to ask me what it is, the one thing that someone should focus on if they’ve been hurt in accident, I would tell you really simply, that the focus of every person that’s hurt in any type of accident, whether that’s a car accident, a work-related accident, an accident that relates to a slip and fall in any type of store, the one thing that those people should really focus on is getting better. That is, getting the very best medical care that they can receive in their set of circumstances. So, focus on yourself, and everything else will sort of take care of itself. If you have questions about your injury case, feel free to call me.
THE IMPACT OF MEDICAL EXPENSES ON YOUR PERSONAL INJURY CASE
Video: “The Impact of Medical Expenses On Your Personal Injury Case”
One of the questions that people frequently ask me is, how is it that their medical expenses actually factor into the value of their personal injury case. What I’d like for you do if you’re in this situation, is focus on the actual quality of care that you’re receiving. Don’t worry about the numbers necessarily. What I’d like for you to focus on is getting the best treatment that you can from the most qualified medical per — professionals that you can find. Follow the course of treatment very, very rigidly that they recommend for you. Don’t deviate from that treatment. Follow that, take care of yourself, get better, and the value of the case will increase along with that. As long as you’re doing the things that you should do on your end, in terms of getting better, getting to feeling better, and making a recovery as well as you can, and following the course of treatment that the doctors recommend from you, from well-qualified doctors, it — the most well-qualified doctors that you can find, that will really help the value of your case in the long term. So, don’t worry necessarily about the amount of money that — that you’re going to recover, based on the treatment that you may or may not get. Instead, focus on getting better, and focus on getting the best treatment that you can. I believe that long term, you’ll get the value out of the case that you should. If you have any questions about your case, please feel free to call me.
IMPORTANCE OF UNDERSTANDING PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER FEES
Transcript – Importance of understanding personal injury lawyer fees
One of the things that I would really encourage you to do, as you’re deciding upon which lawyer it is that will actually represent you and your case, is have a firm understanding of how it is that the fees that the attorney will charge you at the conclusion of the case will actually be calculated. That is, you wanna understand where it is they’re gonna take the money out of, how much it is they’re gonna charge you in each phase of the case, and you wanna understand when they actually move from each phase, whether or not that’s going to be something that will actually net you more money, most likely. So, evaluate those decisions, and understand your fee agreement really well, before you actually engage in the lawyer for representation. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.