How much is my case worth? It’s a question we hear a lot after an injury. When your personal injury lawyer needs to determine the value of a case, he or she will ask several questions about your case.
What was the cost of your medical treatment?
Sometimes, the answer is pretty straightforward, like the total cost of your medical bills or the number of workdays you missed.
Sometimes, the costs can be more difficult to determine. Did you have a preexisting condition that interfered with the treatment for your injuries? Alternatively, did the accident aggravate a preexisting condition in addition to causing new injuries?
Your lawyer and paralegal will gather your medical records and evaluate what the scope of your medical treatment looked like.
How have your injuries affected your life?
Not every cost comes with a billing statement. Injuries can take other, more abstract tolls on your life. Some examples of questions your lawyer will ask you include:
Did your injury keep you from staying physically active?
Were you able to continue your hobbies?
Were your relationships affected?
Can you go back to work?
Will you still make the same wage?
Do you require more medical care going forward?