It should come as no surprise that so many people today believe that if they file a personal injury lawsuit, they are going to be able to cash in and live the "good life." With everything in the media regarding personal injury suits, so many are led to believe that if you have a wreck, you get a big check.
There are personal injury cases where either a jury verdict or a negotiated settlement may result in a large pay out. The value of a personal injury claim will always be based on an unlimited number of factors. The nature of the injury, the medical treatment required and the time off work are a very limited number of factors that should be taken into consideration when trying to assess the value of a personal injury claim.
So, how do you know if your personal injury claim is being assessed appropriately? Is the full extent of your injury, medical treatment and medicals bills being considered? What about your need for future medical treatment? Are your lost wages being considered? Is your future time off work being considered? What about your ability to continue to work in the capacity you were working prior to your accident? What about your ability to care for and spend time with your family? Essentially, what does your life look like now as opposed to prior to your accident; and, what is in store for your future? Every component of your life that changes due to an accident may be relevant to consider when evaluating a personal injury claim.
The law allows an injured party to be compensated due to the fault of another, but what if you are partially at fault as well? This is another factor to be considered when evaluating a personal injury claim no matter how bad or serious your injury may be. If you get t-boned in an intersection, but there is a question as to who had the right-of-way, this is something else that may affect the value of a personal injury claim.
The list goes on-and-on. Evaluating a personal injury claim is not science and it is not simple math. A jury could give one individual a large verdict today; and, tomorrow, based on the same set of facts, give a completely different, and much lower, verdict. Personal injury law is an area of the law where you can know just enough to make you dangerous; and, potentially, sell yourself short if you are not fully aware of the factors that may affect your claim. So, unless you are really "up" on your personal injury law, it is critical you consult with an attorney that practices personal injury law.
Together, Murfreesboro attorneys at Parkerson Santel have handled hundreds of personal injury claims. If you, or a loved one, have been affected by an accident and have questions regarding a personal injury claim, contact Murfreesboro personal injury attorneys at Parkerson Santel today. We are conveniently located in downtown Murfreesboro at 121 East Main Street. You may contact us at 615-956-7938.