The value of a personal injury claim is going to depend on several factors, from the permanency of your injuries, to the amount in lost wages and medical procedures, to the affect that the pain has had on your day to day activities. All of these and more all thrown into the calculation to determine the value of a personal injury claim.
One of the most important factors is the permanency of the injury. For many soft tissue injuries, the pain goes away with time in treatment. The same with cases involving a broken bone or simple skin abrasions. However, in more severe cases of bodily injury, the accident will remain for the remainder of the victim’s life. For example, where there is the loss of a limb, or serious disability, like when the victim can no longer walk without assistance from a cane. Where there are long lasting physical affects, the value of the claim may increase by large increments.
Another important factor is the amount and type of treatment received by the injured person. Generally, the more involved and protracted the treatment, the higher the value of the claim. In many car accident cases, clients may receive weeks or months of chiropractic treatment. These cases may often have less value than a case involving spinal surgery and a year of rehabilitation.
Yet another item that is considered when calculating the value of a claim is the level of change that the injury brings to the victim’s life. Some of our clients have missed weddings, births, graduations, or other life events due to pain or incapacitation. Others have not been able to continue with the activities that make life enjoyable, like horseback riding, hunting, hiking, or roughhousing with children.
These are just some of the considerations made when valuing a claim. If you or a loved one have been injured due to the negligence of another and you do not know whether your claim has value, then please, feel free to call and speak to one of our experienced Atlanta personal injury trial lawyers today. Our consultations are always free.