A personal injury lawyer in Atlanta will explain the estimated value of your case once they have evaluated your damages. Until your attorney has specific details about your injuries and related damages, they cannot know how much your case is worth.
Personal injury cases can vary significantly in value. Your attorney will consider your financial losses, as well as pain and suffering, to determine how much money you are entitled to.
Factors Affecting the Value of a Personal Injury Case
Several factors can increase or decrease the value of a personal injury case, including:
The Types of Injuries You Have Suffered
The specific injuries you suffered will be a key consideration in valuing your case. Attorneys represent clients with a wide range of injuries, which can include:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries (which the Global Spine Journal explains can cost more than $1 million in the first year alone)
- Amputation injuries
- Internal injuries
- Scarring and other types of disfigurement
Our team will work closely with your doctors to understand the details and cost of your injuries.
The Severity of Injuries (Including Whether They Are Disabling)
The type of injuries you’ve suffered will only tell your attorney so much. Just as important is the severity of your injuries, including whether any of your injuries qualify as a disability.
A disabling injury may:
- Require you to purchase specialized medical equipment or a new vehicle to accommodate your disability
- Require you to make updates to your home
- Cause the total loss of income
- Require you to arrange caregiver services
- Cause immense hardship that qualifies as pain and suffering
Our attorneys have represented many clients with catastrophic injuries. When our clients suffer lifelong medical ailments, we seek recoveries that reflect the severity of their injuries.
The Details of Your Pain and Suffering
Non-economic damages are often significant in a personal injury case. Your attorney will consider every type of pain and suffering you have experienced because of your injuries, and they will calculate the financial cost of those damages.
Lost income is also a prominent feature of many personal injury cases. Your attorney will determine how much income you were earning before being injured. Because different individuals earn different incomes, this can be a differentiator in the value of personal injury cases.
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Your Attorney Will Calculate Both Economic and Non-Economic Damages
One reason to hire a personal injury lawyer is their ability to measure both economic and non-economic harm accurately. While financial losses (like medical bills and lost income) may have a fairly clear financial value, non-economic damages like pain and suffering do not.
Your attorney will evaluate any:
- Lost quality of life
- Physical pain
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Substance use problems
- Sleep problems
We refer to these kinds of non-economic damages as pain and suffering. Our attorneys will consult mental health professionals to evaluate your pain and suffering and help us determine an accurate financial value.
Other Damages Your Lawyer Will Include in Your Case
Your lawyer will create a thorough record of your damages. In addition to pain and suffering, those damages may include:
Injuries typically disrupt the victim’s professional life, often causing:
- Lost income
- Diminished earning power
- Lost chances for promotions and performance bonuses
- Psychological distress due to one’s inability to earn an income
Your attorney will secure past employment records, speak with you about ambitions affected by your injuries, and calculate a fair value for professional damages.
Healthcare costs are a staple of personal injury cases. You should receive compensation equaling the cost of:
- Emergency services
- Medical imaging
- Hospital services
- Rehabilitation services
- Medical equipment
Our team will gather your medical bills as they occur, keeping a running record of your negligence-related medical expenses.
Many personal injury cases involve property expenses, with auto accident cases being the prime example. Your attorney will include your property costs in their settlement calculation.
Mental Health Treatment
If you seek mental healthcare in the context of your case, your attorney will calculate the cost of:
- Any other mental health treatment you seek
Some people need long-term mental health services due to an injury, and your lawyer will work with qualified professionals to determine what your needs will be.
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Your Attorney Will Build a Case Detailing Your Damages
While your attorney will know the many ways in which you have suffered, they have to prove your case to insurers or other liable parties. Your attorney may document your damages with:
- Medical records: Your lawyer will be intimately acquainted with your injuries and medical care. As they monitor your treatment and recovery, they will gather bills, medical images, doctors’ notes, and any other proof of your injuries.
- Income statements: Proof of your past income can prove how much income you’ve lost while injured.
- Expert testimony: Our firm often works with doctors, mental health professionals, and other experts to build the strongest cases possible. Those who owe you compensation may have experts of their own, and our experts can counterbalance them.
- Invoices: We will obtain any invoices related to your case, such as bills for replacing damaged property.
Your lawyer will tie all evidence of negligence and documentation of your damages into a cohesive case.
Can I Afford to Hire a Georgia Personal Injury Lawyer?
You, and anyone else, can afford to hire a personal injury lawyer. We state this confidently because we use a contingency-fee agreement, which means our attorney’s fees come out of the settlements and judgments we obtain for clients.
You will pay our firm no upfront fee. Your attorney will only receive their fee if they secure compensation for you.
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