This is one of the hardest questions for a personal injury attorney to answer. Determining the worth of your personal injury claim will depend on the severity of your injuries, the details of the case, and insurance limits. A case’s worth is based on five areas, assuming that fault (or liability) issue is straightforward. These areas include:
- Past medical bills
- Future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
There is no specific formula for determining a case’s value. Each case is based on evidence, such as whether there are discrepancies in the testimony, medical records, or other pieces of information that may help or hurt an injured party’s case. However, based on our experience with past cases in Texas, we may be able to estimate the value of your case once we have gathered all medical records and statements. The following factors will be considered when determining the amount of compensation owed for your injuries: the severity of your injuries, the details of your accident, your degree of fault, your ability to work, and your life expectancy.
It is very difficult to determine how long it will take to resolve a personal injury lawsuit. Each case is different and no general timetable can be established for personal injury cases. A personal injury lawsuit may settle in a few months without the need for a trial, while others may need to go to trial in front of a jury and can take from 12-18 months to resolve.
Austin personal injury lawyer Joel A. Levine abides by the contingency fee contract, a fee agreement which is approved by the Texas Bar. This means that the attorney will only collect a fee (usually a fixed percentage of the total recovery) if the case is successful. If there is no recovery, then no attorney’s fees are owed.
If you are seriously injured in an accident, call 911 immediately. Call 911 — Don’t necessarily assume that someone else has called for help. Once the police arrive at the scene, they will take care of the traffic and compile evidence regarding the accident such as witness statements and the location of the vehicles. If you can, exchange important information with the other driver, including their name, phone number, address, insurance information, and license plate number.
As Soon as Possible, get any follow up medical treatment if you are still in pain. Then contact an attorney who handles personal injury claims. An experienced lawyer can guide you through the complex personal injury law process.