How Our Florida Personal Injury Attorney Determines Case Value
Our Florida personal injury attorney explains how the case value for medical malpractice cases and personal injury claims are determined.
Understanding what your case is worth is a critical part of any personal injury claim. You may be uncomfortable talking about money. Unfortunately, no sum of money can ever pay for your injury. Money cannot mend shattered bodies or bring back a lost loved one. But devastating injuries deserve justice, and in court justice is delivered with dollars.
Devastating injuries also cause financial hardship. How will the medical bills get paid? Who will provide income? How will future nursing home care, home modifications, medicines, and transportation needs be paid? A solid lawyer, pursuing your case as your advocate, can secure your financial future when you face a catastrophic injury.
Although you may not be able to recover what you have lost physically or emotionally, you may be able to recover what you have lost financially. What is your personal injury claim value? What type of medical negligence compensation can you expect to receive?
Have a straightforward discussion with a qualified Florida personal injury attorney.
An injury attorney will not be able to tell you how much your claim is worth until he or she has thoroughly investigated the details of your case. The value of your claim depends upon many factors. The degree of your injury, insurance policies, long-term medical costs, medical records, the evidence of wrongdoing and many other concerns all help determine the final value of compensation awarded in a judgment or settlement.
When you speak with a Florida personal injury attorney at Ratzan Weissman & Boldt, he or she will tell you the factors that will determine your particular personal injury claim value. He or she may be able to give you a range consistent with cases like yours given the information at that point in time.
Points to Consider
If you decide to retain a Florida personal injury attorney from our firm to handle your claim, that attorney will thoroughly examine your case and estimate the value of your claim. Some of the factors the lawyer will consider include:
- Did the actions of another party contribute to the accident or injury
- Did you in any way contribute to the accident or injury
- Is evidence available to prove your case
- Are there witnesses, or is the testimony of witnesses available
- What is the extent and permanency of the injuries
- How severe is your injury
- Will there be permanent or long-term scarring or disfigurement
- How severely will the injury affect the rest of your life
- Does an insurance policy cover your injury
- What kind of treatment do you require
- What are the costs of the treatment
- What income was lost during treatment and aftercare
- Are you currently able to work and earn an income
- If you cannot work, how long you will be unable to work
- Will you have long-term medical bills
Once each of these points is investigated, along with any other factors that are revealed in the process, your attorney will make an initial estimate of how much you are likely to get in a personal injury judgment.
Legal fees for personal injury and other liability cases are calculated as a percentage of the settlement or judgment you receive, so they are not included in the claim value calculations. This is true throughout Florida. Personal injury claimants pay a percentage of the awarded judgment or settlement to the attorneys.
A Word About Insurance Companies
Always hire an attorney to negotiate a personal injury claim settlement with an insurance company. Although an insurance company may offer you an amount that seems generous, it is usually because it will cost them much, much more if you hire a lawyer to take them to trial. A personal injury attorney or malpractice lawyer is needed to ensure you get the full value of your claim. A Florida personal injury attorney from Ratzan Weissman & Boldt will be happy to talk with you about your case and explain how a lawyer can help you. There is no charge for this.
Our law firm handles serious personal injury claims and medical malpractice cases in Florida and throughout the country. Learn about your case value, your rights and your legal options by requesting a free initial consultation with a Florida personal injury attorney at Ratzan Weissman & Boldt. Or call a lawyer at Ratzan Weissman & Boldt today at 855-754-5291.