How can a car accident lawyer determine how much my case is worth?

One of the first questions asked after a car accident is: how much is my case worth? The answer depends upon many factors. An experienced car accident attorney will be able to answer all of your questions. Contact the attorneys at Joyce & Reyes Law Firm if you believe you have been injured in a car accident at the fault of someone else’s negligence. The initial consultation is free.

Here are some issues that will affect the value of your case:

  • How serious are your injuries, and how long will you suffer from the effects of your injuries? Will you be permanently disabled? Did you suffer permanent scarring due to the injuries? Did your injuries require surgery and the placement of permanent hardware into your body? The answer to these questions will dictate the seriousness of your injuries and the monetary value of the case.
  • What are your total medical bills? This includes both medical bills up to the current time as well as any future treatment you may need. An experienced car accident lawyer will hire an expert that can examine what future treatment will likely be necessary and place a future cost on that treatment. This number will be added to the past medical bills that were required to treat you initially.
  • Do you have past-due lost wages, and will you have future lost wages? This number should be added to the economic damages of your case, along with medical bills. As with medical bills, an experienced motor vehicle accident attorney will hire an economist expert that will determine what your future lost wages will be. The expert will look at the level of disability you will suffer from in the future and determine your lost earning capacity. From this, the expert can calculate future lost wages, with interest, up until the time you were likely to retire. This total number will also be added to the case to determine its value.
  • How much pain and suffering have you been through? These types of damages are called non-economic damages. No set formula exists to help a lawyer come up with this number. Every case is different. That is why you need to retain an experienced accident lawyer who has handled hundreds of similar cases. Without this baseline experience, a lawyer cannot know what cases are worth in and around the Tampa, Florida region.
  • The last factor that will determine the value of your case is how much insurance coverage is available. To an average person, your injuries might be worth millions of dollars. However, you will only receive compensation up to policy limits of the various insurance policies that are in play. Again, this why it is imperative to hire an attorney so that they can investigate your case.

If you have been injured in a car crash, do not hesitate to contact the lawyers at Joyce & Reyes at (813) 251-2007. The initial consultation is free.