I’m often asked, “How much is my claim worth?” Well, that depends on several things, not the least of which is the attorney you choose to represent you. I’m always happy to consult and answer any questions you may have about your case- so be sure to call me first, before you do anything else!
When you obtain my counsel, I will be able to conduct a thorough investigation into the circumstances leading up to your accident, I will answer any questions you may have and I will be extremely persistent in my efforts to help you determine liability so that you can improve your chances of being able to recover the maximum damages for your injuries.
Will the types of injuries I sustain affect the value of my claim?
Yes, the type of injuries you sustain in your accident will have a direct impact on the value of your claim. The value of your injury claim directly correlates with the treatment you undergo and the affect the injuries have on your daily life. Someone can fracture a wrist or arm in an auto accident that requires a cast for several weeks followed by a little physical therapy. Or, someone could fracture a wrist or arm that needs much more; perhaps surgery with metal plates and screws being used to repair the break. Of course, the latter requires more treatment and will certainly impact one’s daily life more than the former person without surgery, and thus, would have a higher value.
How will my settlement amount be determined?
When preparing an accident-related injury claim, we must always analyze and investigate the liability, if it is in question. In those instances, we employ the best investigators and accident reconstructionists. Once we know liability is in our client’s favor, we must look at the injuries, and as stated above, the amount of treatment and impact on one’s daily life. In some instances, we must discuss any related prior injuries or medical conditions that may have been exacerbated or aggravated. The injuries are one element of our client’s damages. We must always review medical expenses, wage loss, nursing care, future loss of income and care, and of course, pain and suffering.
What if the other driver does not have insurance coverage or has insufficient coverage?
If the liable driver does not have sufficient coverage or has no coverage at all, we will look to your own insurance company for coverage. Most insured drivers have uninsured or underinsured motorist protection to protect them in these situations. The policy limits of the UM or UIM coverage, in essence, steps in the shoes of the at-fault driver, giving you full coverage! Of course, my firm and I will be by your side to help you fight for your rights so you can recover the damages you seek.
What can I do to help maximize my injury claim?
Call me! My office promises each and every client that we will handle everything; and leave them and their family to think about nothing but getting better. We will speak with insurance representatives. We will make sure your insurance company pays your medical bills and your wage loss, so financially, you are not impacted from this accident. With the assistance of our amazing case managers, we will make sure you get to the right doctors, and those doctors do everything necessary to get you well. If household assistance or nursing care is necessary, our team will make sure you get that, and timely!
This is by no means a complete list, and every case is different. Your best bet is to just give me a call and we can discuss the next steps that are appropriate for your case. I’d also be grateful if you pass my name and number along to a friend, if you know of someone in need of an excellent attorney!