Personal Injury:

The Value of Personal Injury Claims

Predicting the trial value or settlement value of a personal injury case with precision is very difficult because there are so many factors that can affect the value of a case. The jury decides how much money to award you for your injuries and accordingly, different juries could arrive at different verdicts under the same set of circumstances. Jurors bring their own personal biases with them, which can either help or hurt your case. This unpredictability leads to a wide range of results. Therefore, for settlement purposes, personal injury lawyers and insurance companies take an average of what they believe a jury would award. If they generally agree on what that average is, the case will typically settle if the clients agree to it.

Generally, the following factors will affect the value of a personal injury case:

  • Severity of the injury
  • Permanence of the injury
  • Amount of lost wages
  • Length of medical treatment
  • Whether the plaintiff contributed to the accident

A number of factors will also determine whether an accident claim will be resolved through a trial or personal injury settlement.

If you've been injured, a personal injury attorney can determine whether you are owed compensation. To find out if you have a personal injury case, complete the free case evaluation form on the right.