What is My Personal Injury Case Worth?
One of the most common questions that personal injury lawyer Scott Leonard hears is,
“how much is my case worth”. This is not a question that can be answered without directly evaluating the details of your case, but there are general categories of damages that injury victims can recover when they file a claim. If you want to discuss your specific situation, whether you have a claim, and what it might be worth, you should not hesitate to contact our New Jersey personal injury law firm directly.
When you file a claim for an injury caused by another party, you seek damages that compensate you for the losses you incurred due to your injuries. There are different types of damages that you might seek, depending on the severity of your injuries.
One of the losses that injury victims incur is the cost of medical treatment. Some injuries, such as a minor sprain, might need an initial doctor’s visit and a few sessions of physical therapy. On the other hand, catastrophic injuries can require a lifetime of intensive treatment. This is one reason why the value of claims can vary so widely. Some medical bills might be for:
- Emergency treatment
- Rehabilitative care
- Home health care
- Medical supplies
You want the right lawyer who knows how to calculate both your past medical bills and the estimated cost of your future treatment.
Some injury victims must miss work following their accident. Treatment recommendations often require patients to rest at home, or the nature of the injury might keep them from performing their job, such as a back injury might prevent you from engaging in physical labor. When you miss work, you lose income, and this is a compensable loss. If you cannot return to work, you can also seek damages for your future lost earnings.
Injuries can lead to intangible losses that can be difficult to quantify. These might include:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental trauma
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Permanent disfigurement or impairments
Accurately calculating these losses is critical to determining the full value of your case.
Advising Other Attorneys About Claim Values
Scott Leonard is a respected injury attorney in New Jersey, and he has advised other lawyers on how to value claims to ensure that clients receive the maximum compensation they deserve. A trustee of the Morris County Bar Association, Mr. Leonard was a speaker at the December Legal Palooza sponsored by the Bar. He lectured on case valuation and other issues to many lawyers in Morris County, bringing his own experience to help others protect the rights of injury victims. Scott Leonard is also Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney and has handled personal injury cases for over 25 years.
Discuss Your Situation with a New Jersey Personal Injury Attorney
At Leonard Legal Group, we provide injury representation trusted by our clients and other attorneys throughout Morris County and the United States. If you need assistance with a possible claim, contact us online or call 973-984-1414 for your free case evaluation right away.