There is really no definitive way to evaluate a personal injury case. However, one thing you should know is that no one will ever see the case through your eyes. No one will ever really appreciate the pain you feel from the accident or how the accident may have affected your life. The trouble is that if you are unable to view your case from an “objective” standpoint, it will probably be very difficult to settle your case. (By the way, insurance adjusters can also be guilty of being unable to separate their biases from an objective analysis).
Yes, there is no magic formula to figuring out what your case is worth (even objectively). You can't simply focus on one aspect of your case. A good lawyer should give you an "overall" picture of your case. A good lawyer will stand "far enough" from your matter to be able to see it from a distance and help you understand how others will judge your case. In your eyes, it might be the most dramatic accident in the world. You might aches and pains like never before. However, I reiterate that you can't evaluate your case from your point of view. Unless your jury is full of family and friends who are really fond of you, juries are generally not very generous. They will view your case very differently from you in most cases.
If you've chosen a good attorney to help you, then let them do just that. If they've been doing this type of law long enough, then they should be able to give you an honest assessment of your personal injury case. I tell clients I have a "bank" of thousands of injury cases in my mind, based on experiences as a defense lawyer and plaintiff lawyer. I try to compare and contrast their case against the many others I've seen. I try to help the client set realistic expectations.
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by Robert Mansour
Robert Mansour is a personal injury lawyer serving Santa Clarita, Valencia, Saugus, Canyon Country, Newhall, Stevenson Ranch, Castaic and surrounding communities.