Many clients ask about this during their initial consultation. Unfortunately, it is impossible to value a case during the first meeting because there are so many variables. First, there is the total cost of the medical treatment. Second, and just as important, is the severity of the injuries. A soft tissue case is typically worth less than an injury that requires stitches or involves broken bones. Any resulting time off of work is also a factor in determining the value of your case. Prescription expenses and mileage back and forth to the doctor can be considered damages as well. These damages are considered hard damages because they can be reduced to a number, but there is also soft damage which includes pain and suffering, loss of consortium, impairment, etc.
Insurance companies have spent a lot of money doing jury verdict research so they have an idea of what a jury will do in a given case. Also, if the victim somehow contributed to the accident or had preexisting conditions, they may also affect the value of a claim. Calculating damages is very fact specific and must be carefully analyzed during your case.
We wait until our clients have been released from medical care before we begin the claim resolution process. We want to make sure that you have received all the medical care that you need to fully recover and we need to know what future damages or impairment remains after your medical treatment. We make sure that we review all the medical records, have our clients consult with additional experts if necessary, and talk with their doctors to make sure that we can present your case in your best light to the insurance company.