Some people who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents will ask an attorney in an initial consultation how much that their injuries and damages are worth. They’ve already been online and looked at one or two injury calculators and have a number in their head. What comes to issue is that if injury calculators are so accurate, why are car accident lawyers even needed? If you have a fractured arm or leg, you and the opposing insurance company can go on an injury calculator and determine the value of your injuries and damages, right? No, that’s not right at all.
Calculating the Value of a Claim
Matrin Gasparian is a California personal injury lawyer at Maison Law, and his practice includes the representation of victims of auto, truck, motorcycle, bicycle and pedestrian accidents throughout the state. He has extensive experience in calculating damages in personal injury cases and settling those cases for the maximum settlement that the client deserves. As he advises clients, in nearly all personal injury cases, there are two types of damages that consist of economic and noneconomic-damages.
Distinguishing Between Economic and Non-Economic Damages
Economic damages are specific verifiable monetary losses suffered by an accident victim. They can include past and future medical costs, lost earnings, diminished earning capacity or even the loss of employment or business opportunity. Of course, an accident victim must prove these losses. That’s ordinarily done through objective evidence like copies of medical bills, employment records, tax returns and the like. Non-economic damages are for subjective damages that don’t have a price tag on them. They might consist of pain and suffering, any permanent disfigurement or disability, emotional distress, loss of consortium, loss of enjoyment of life and the like. Non-economic damages are more difficult to determine.
Issues With Relying on Settlement Calculator Results
There are a variety of reasons why relying on a settlement calculator isn’t an accurate indicator of the value of a personal injury case. That’s because no two cases are the same, and there are many different factors that might influence the value of a case. For example, two people who are the same sex, height and weight can suffer the same fracture at the same location of the left leg, but one case might be worth more than the other based on how well that victim’s fracture heals. One victim might also have been comparatively negligent in the accident, while the other wasn’t.
The Purpose of an Initial Consultation
Using a settlement calculator might make a person apprehensive about proceeding on a perfectly viable injury claim because of a perceived lower value, while somebody else might believe that the value of his or her case is substantially more than it’s really worth. The purpose of a consultation with a personal injury lawyer is to find out whether you might be eligible to receive compensation for injuries suffered in an accident as opposed to how much you might receive.
The issue of the value range of your case might not be determined for a year if you continue to treat for your injuries for that long. After being injured in an accident that was caused by the carelessness and negligence of somebody else anywhere in California, contact personal injury lawyer Martin Gasparian at Maison Law for a free consultation and case evaluation. If we’re retained to represent you, your case will be handled professionally and aggressively while you’re recovering from your injuries. After you’ve reached maximum medical improvement and you’re no longer under the care of health care professionals, we can begin determining the settlement value range of your case.