Financial Personal Injury Questions
If you are hoping to start a case, you might be looking for answers to these financial personal injury questions. Call our attorney today if you want to know more.
Financial Personal Injury Questions | Is There a Minimum Amount of Medical Bills to File an Injury Claim?
One of the questions I very frequently hear from injured people who are considering bringing a lawsuit concerns whether or not doing so requires that they incur a minimum amount of bills for their medical treatment. The answer to that, very simply, is no. When you are injured in an accident – a slip and fall, a dog bite, or anything of that nature – your medical treatment becomes very relevant to a potential lawsuit, particularly with regard to the damages for which you might be making a claim. They will be included in a potential lawsuit as part of those damages.
However, outside of some very limited circumstances – such as, for instance, in the case of a motor vehicle accident where you have an extraordinary amount of medical bills, out-of-pocket costs, or lost wages that exceed a certain minimum – those bills are just damages that you would include in your personal injury case. That total may be relevant to how much your case is worth, but it certainly does not prohibit you from contemplating a lawsuit to advance your claim simply because your medical bills haven’t yet reached a certain number.
Financial Personal Injury Questions | How Much is My Injury Case Worth?
One of the most ubiquitous questions we’re asked by clients is, “How do you determine how much my case is worth?” To that, all I can reply in good faith is that it’s determined on a case-by-case basis. I have to look at each individual’s details. I won’t just say, “Okay. This is a broken arm. It’s worth this much.” Why? One person’s broken arm may be worth a lot more than another’s – especially if, before the injury that person was much more active, is now unable to do their job any longer, or can no longer pursue many of the other activities they previously enjoyed. In our firm, every case is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
When I see commercials on TV in which people ask, “What is your case worth?” I really think those are solicitations for clients like ours to go somewhere else for a second opinion. In those situations, people should realize that the actors they see on TV aren’t really the people who were injured. When I see a client who won a three- or four-million-dollar recovery, I know it’s because that person was seriously hurt, and they’re not going to be seen smiling and dancing on TV about it. That’s for sure. Usually, when an insurance company pays out that kind of money on a claim, the person was very seriously injured. It’s no laughing matter, and it shouldn’t be taken lightly by anybody.
If you have any further financial personal injury questions, please call our experienced Hamburg personal injury attorneys for a free confidential case evaluation.