The Law Firm of Stephen M. Reck, LLC | Scott D. Camassar
Not necessarily at this point. The amount "being sought" depends on a variety of factors, including whether the injuries are permanent and how they affect you. That might not be known at this point but may become more clear as the litigation progresses. There is no formula for personal injury cases. They depend on all the facts and circumstances.
Answer Applies to: Connecticut
The Law Offices of Russell Gregory, P.C. | Russell Gregory
In Michigan, lawsuits allege only that the jurisdictional limit for the court is met. This is to demonstrate that the matter is properly before that court. For circuit court which I'd imagine injuries like yours would merit that lower limit is $30,000. The case may be worth more or less than that amount, but the injuries are alleged to be at least $30,000, to be in that court. As to actual value of your case, it's very fact-specific. Your lawyer may have a ball-park value, but even that could ultimately be very off. This is one of the difficult areas of client communications - clients want to know what to expect (and quite understandably), but lawyers know that ultimate outcomes are virtually impossible to predict. Your lawyer should certainly be willing to discuss the matter with you, but if you're not getting the firm number - or even ball-park - that you'd like, it's because it's unpredictable. Sorry if this isn't very satisfying, but anything firmer would create a false expectation, and that does more harm than good. So long as you otherwise have confidence in your attorney, accept that you can't know value at this point, and settle in for the duration of the litigation. I wish you the best in your pursuit, and with your conditions.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Lombardi Law Firm | Steve Lombardi
No. The amount you will ask for is not known until all relevant facts are discovered; meaning until you?re finished with your medical treatment and the doctor states his or her opinions on the issues of future medical care, permanent impairment and restrictions the lawyer would not be able to determine how much to seek in damages.
Answer Applies to: Iowa
Kram & Wooster, P.S. | Richard H. Wooster
Valuing a personal injury case is always difficult. Lots of factors come into play beyond just the nature of the injury. Some factors are, what was your wage loss, what impact will the injury have on your future earnings, what are your medical expenses and the anticipated future medical expenses, how the injury occurred, the likeability of the parties and how they will be perceived by the jury, pain and suffering, impact on your life surrounding the time of injury and resulting medical treatment to name just a few. Have you sat down with your attorney and spoken about the valuation of your claim and the factors your lawyer thinks influence the value of your claim? Because this is difficult, that is why some lawyers get more for their clients than others. The insurance companies know which lawyers can try a case and which ones cannot, that affects the value of your claim.
Answer Applies to: Washington