How does a lawyer evaluate a personal injury case?
If you have been injured at work while visiting somewhere, or by a complete accident you may have dozens of unanswered questions. One of the most common queries that people have is, “do I have a good case?” Although every case is going to be unique, there are some signs that you may have a stronger case than others. Below are some of the factors that an experienced personal injury attorney in West Valley City, UT may examine in order to evaluate a case. Although you may find some helpful information in this article, it is highly advised that you contact an injury law firm to schedule a consultation with a legal professional.
Factors that generally make a stronger case
Determining who is at fault
Don’t automatically despair if you believe the accident was your fault. There is always a chance that the accident truly resulted in circumstances that you could not foresee or account for. Experienced injury attorneys have seen hundreds if not thousands of accidents ranging from traffic collisions to slip and falls, to accidents that happened at work or while performing job description duties. Regardless of why you believe an accident happened, it is always best to speak with an attorney to truly know where you stand in the eyes of the law.
Understanding the full scope of your injuries
Another factor that will be considered is how much damage has truly been sustained from the accident. There are obvious property harms, like personal property or a vehicle that has sustained damage from the accident. But some damages are more difficult for the average person to quantify. This is especially the case if your injuries are so severe that you can no longer work or pursue the same career. In these cases, your attorney may decide to employ the services of a lifecare planner. This is a medical professional who can create a comprehensive document that will detail the estimated dollar amount the injured individual will need for the rest of their life.
Pain and suffering
Apart from out of pocket expenses, such as lost time from work, or medical expenses, we have pain and suffering. These monetary awards are meant to provide compensation for physical, emotional and mental suffering from the accident. The amount awarded is going to vary widely based on the severity of any injuries sustained. In a simple rear-end accident we may find that the injuries are relatively minor and will resolve themselves within a few months. In other situations, a spinal injury may result in paralysis and the compensation may be much larger.
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