Not all personal injury cases are created equally. Clients frequently are curious about what kind of settlement or verdict they could get for their injuries. However, it can be very difficult to determine what the amount of a personal injury verdict or settlement could be. Following are some factors that are frequently taken into consideration when determining the value of a personal injury case:
- The severity of the injury. Obviously, an accident in which a bone was broken would be worth less than one with a serious spinal cord injury that resulted in paralysis.
- The age of the plaintiff. An accident that seriously injured a person who was 90 years old would probably be worth less than an accident that seriously injured a 30 year old.
- Expenses incurred by the plaintiff. This includes medical expenses, lost wages, physical therapy, etc.
- Loss of income. If a man who’s 40 years old and is making $125,000 per year is injured in an automobile accident and is unable to work for the remainder of his life, there may be a much larger award than if the plaintiff is retired or is working in a low-income job.
- Change in lifestyle or relationships. If an accident resulted in a change in a plaintiff’s lifestyle, or took a serious burden on the plaintiff’s marriage or other relationships, the award could be increased.
- The experience and skills of the attorney working on behalf of the plaintiff.
- Whether the accident will have lifelong medical consequences, or is only temporary in nature.
There are many, many factors to be considered in evaluating the worth of a personal injury case. This is an incomplete list, but could help you determine whether you think your personal injury case is valuable or not. If you are in the Dallas area, and you have been injured in an accident due to the fault of another party, contact the Dallas personal injury attorneys at The Barber Law Firm.