This personal injury question is probably one of the most frequently asked questions we get after conducting our initial client interview. Some people have the idea in their head that, if they get into a minor car accident, they should be entitled to massive amounts of money (a fallacy propagated by insurance companies to make you think that juries consistently churn out six and seven figure verdicts, which is ridiculous).
Believe me when I tell you: you do not want to be one of our clients who are awarded multiple-millions of dollars; as those clients tend to be involved in near-death injuries, disfigured, severely brain damaged, etc…
The real answer to the question: What is my case worth? is…. IT DEPENDS. The money a jury awards are broadly categorized as (i) Economic Damages and (ii) Non-Economic Damages.
- past and future medical expenses (hospital and ER expenses, physical therapy, chiropractor visits, prescriptions),
- past and future lost income (income you lost as a result of the injury is compensable. If, as a result of the injury, you are no longer able to work or unable to make as much money because of new restrictions, such loss is compensable as well)
- property damage