How Much is My Case Really Worth?The value of a case is not just in financial compensation, but inner suffering as well. The average award for personal damage in the state of California is $1,814,094. Our team of personal injury attorneys at Johnsons Attorneys Group in California can help you determine the best value of your case, as well as help with filling out paperwork, receiving medical help, talking with insurance companies, and advocating on your behalf.
Factors That Justify a High MultiplierAn insurance adjuster usually starts with a base amount when deciding compensation for personal injury claims, usually somewhere between one-and-a-half to five times your medical bills. However, there are some circumstances that might call for a much higher multiplier, sometimes even as high as ten times the base figure. Here are a few factors that might increase the multiplier:
- The fault of the other party is very clear and complete.
- Your injuries will lead to future difficulties, even if they seem stable at the moment.
- Your injuries are severe and painful, or cannot be repaired.
- Recovery takes a long time (six months or more),
- Diagnosis and medical treatment must come from a hospital and medical doctors.
- Your injury has resulted in some kind of permanent problem that has been well-documented by a physician or hospital.
Comparative NegligenceCertain states, such as California, allow what is called comparative negligence when determining the value of your case. If you are at fault in any way in your accident, it will be considered when determining compensation for a personal injury. So, for example, if you are considered 20% at fault for an accident, you will receive 20% less compensation from the other party.
Economic DamagesEconomic damages are the easiest to claim because they are easy to track down. Economic damages are certain expenses or financial losses related to or caused by the accident or injury. It's important to keep track of all your bills, receipts, lost wages, etc. so you can be fairly compensated for your financial loss and physical injuries.
Non-Economic DamagesNon-economic damages are the various types of emotional and psychological pain caused by the injury. These types of injury are not as visible and thus harder to quantify. However, the pain and suffering following an injury is still very real to the victim and thus it's important to contact our experienced attorney at Johnson Attorneys Group who can do the research to find out what sort of compensation can be expected in similar cases.
Punitive DamagesBoth the economic and non-economic damages are considered in terms of compensation for a person's suffering, and the rationale is that by paying the injured party, the award will help a person regain what they have lost. Punitive damages are different in that they are meant to punish the defendant who caused the injury in the first place. Punitive damages are awarded when the defendant's actions are considered especially egregious or shockingly careless. By making the defendant pay a large amount, it is hoped that the defendant will behave better in the future and thus avoid further injury to someone else.
What to Do NextBefore we can begin work on your case, we need to know more about you and your injuries. These are a few of the things we need to know before we can give you an estimate of the value of your case:
- Is any of the injury caused by your actions?
- Have you seen a doctor or visited an emergency room?
- Have you had any hard injuries (broken bones, wounds, nerve damage, head injury, etc.)?
- Have you had any soft injuries (bruises, scrapes, strains, etc.)?
- Have you seen a mental health counselor for issues related to the accident?
- Has your work life been affected by your injury?
- Have you missed out on work or other important events due to the injuries you received?
- Have you taken any medicine to help with your injury?
- Were there any witnesses to the accident?
Once we have taken a complete inventory of your case, we can look at similar cases and arrive at a ballpark figure for how much we think your case is worth. After that, you can decide how much compensation you want to seek, and we can help you every step of the way.