At Fleming & Monroe, we offer free initial consultations for all our personal injury clients. In almost every consultation, we are inevitably asked some variant of the following question: how much is my injury claim worth? While there are no guarantees in the law, there are a number of factors a jury may consider when deciding how much to compensate one injured by the fault of someone else:
- The nature, extent, and duration of the injury.
- The pain, discomfort, suffering, disability, disfigurement, and anxiety already experienced, and reasonably probable to be experienced in the future as a result of the injury.
- Reasonable expenses of necessary medical care, treatment, and services rendered, and reasonably probable to be incurred in the future.
- Lost earnings to date, and any decrease in earning power or capacity in the future.
- Loss of love, care, affection, companionship, and other pleasures of the marital relationship.
- Loss of enjoyment of life, that is, the participation in life’s activities to the quality and extent normally enjoyed before the injury.
- A comparative fault evaluation to determine how fault/damages will be allocated among the parties.
Thus, an injury with only minimal treatment, no loss of earnings, and no loss of enjoyment of life would be worth substantially less than an injury where the injured person received extensive treatment, was unable to work for an extended period of time, and can no longer hike or do other things he/she used to be able to do. If you have been injured and would like an honest opinion as to the value of your claim, contact the attorneys at Fleming & Monroe for a free, no obligation consultation.