Because a personal injury can have lasting effects on your future, people are usually eager to know how much their case is worth. If they are under a lot of stress or pressure due to their financial obligations—which may have been directly impacted by their injury—it stands to reason that someone would want to know how much money they could receive.
Let’s start with the great news first: if an attorney is willing to take your case, then you are on the right track. Beyond that, the specifics of your potential payout are primarily dependent on your circumstances.
- Type of accident
- Type of insurance policy
- The injuries sustained
- The seriousness of the injuries
- Whether the injuries have long-term consequences
- Your ability to work—and how much you earn
All of these are examples of variables that play into the worth of your personal injury case.
Improving Your Case
From the first meeting you have with your attorney, go in with the idea that the case should be collaborative. Your attorney knows you were injured, and you do as well. The biggest factors are always going to be your damages, the liability facts, and the adverse party’s ability to pay.
After you are injured, visit a doctor. This person is in the best position to diagnose and articulate the severity of your injuries. Remember, attorneys are not doctors, and cannot declare or evaluate how injured you are. Your medical records are what proves your injuries. When you are with your doctor, ask questions, listen to their advice, and follow their treatment recommendations.
People may live under the misconception that if they see a doctor, they won’t have a case anymore—even when they have a severe injury. The exact opposite is true. Each meeting with your doctor is more documented evidence that speaks to the existence of your injuries.
Your attorney’s ability to fight on your behalf is limited to the extent to which he can prove your case. The more your lawyer has to work with, the better the chances of receiving what you deserve.
The Patel Firm, PLLC
At The Patel Law Firm, we take a firm stance against the one-size-fits-all approach. Your personal injury case is extremely personal—and our representation will be customized to your needs. If you have been injured due to the negligence of others, let us take your case. Call us at 361-400-2036 for your free consultation.