Many people wonder what their personal injury case is worth. The problem is there is no real "guide" you can buy with values assigned to different injuries. However, an experienced lawyer can provide you with some guidance. Also, insurance companies keep statistics on injury cases so they have some idea how much a case is worth. Typically, if an insurance company makes an offer to you, they may indeed be low-balling, but their offer often has some basis in reality. Therefore, if they offer you $1500 on a minor soft tissue case (minor whiplash from a car accident), it's because they know juries rarely award very much for such cases and it will cost you more than that to file a lawsuit. Factors that can affect the value of your case include how old you are (the older you are, the more likely you are to get injured), the severity of the impact, the amount of property damage, the severity of the injury, and any residual medical problems you may have from an accident.
by Robert Mansour
Robert Mansour is a personal injury lawyer serving Santa Clarita, Valencia, Saugus, Canyon Country, Newhall, Stevenson Ranch, Castaic and surrounding communities.