How can I tell exactly what my case is worth?
If a lawyer ever tells you on an initial consultation, on an initial phone call, at a first meeting, or even very early in your case, what the value of your case is, you should really run the other way. And the reason why is that it’s impossible to be able to tell someone what the value of their case is, at the very beginning of a case. The way that you need to look at the value of the personal injury case is by the different categories of damages, should the case go to trial. One being conscious pain and suffering.
In order to have an understanding of what the value of a conscious pain and suffering case is or has, is the amount of medical treatment the person requires, what they go through as a result of the accident, whether or not they get better. Do they have a permanent injury? Do they have an injury that’s going to continue to cause them pain for the rest of their lives? You have to look at the economic damages, meaning wages – can the person work any longer? If they can’t work any longer, what is their work life expectancy? And how much money would they have made over the course of time? Medical expenses – both what is spent over the course of the case as well as how much money is it going to cost for this person to receive medical treatment for the rest of their lives?
So, these are all things that we learn as we go through the legal process, as we retain experts, as we speak to the clients’ doctors, as learn about their medical condition. So, it’s an ongoing process.
For legal assistance in your case, contact the experienced New York personal injury attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP, at 212-779-0057.