How Can I Know How Much My Florida Car Accident Case is Worth?

Two Men Standing By Their Cars After an AccidentIf you have been injured in a Florida car accident, you may be wondering how much money your personal injury claim is worth. Unfortunately, it is not possible for any lawyer to say what a claim may be worth without knowing all the details of your accident, injuries, and the impact the accident has had on your life.

Compensation Considerations for Personal Injury Claims

Though you cannot predict how much compensation you may receive, a good way to estimate the range of potential compensation for your Florida personal injury case is to look at the types of compensation available. When a judge examines your claim, he or she will look at your damages and expenses caused by the accident.

The compensation from your Florida personal injury claim should cover:

  • Your medical costs;
  • Lost work and wages as a result of injury and/or rehabilitation;
  • Long-term or permanent disability, scarring and disfigurement;
  • Quality-of-life issues;
  • Pain and suffering damages; and
  • Property damages.

Because some of these factors-such as pain and suffering damages or quality-of-life issues-do not have an inherent price, it can be difficult to determine the appropriate amount of compensation to request. For these non-economic factors, there will be always be a level of subjectivity involved as each person and each accident has a unique impact on a victim’s life. Your car accident attorney may require the assistance of economists or other experts to help estimate these damages for your case.

Your compensation estimate is subject to constant change until a verdict is given or until you reach a settlement with the other party, but if you have concerns about potential accident costs that have not been included in your injury claim, you should discuss them with your lawyer immediately.

Percentage of Fault

Another important factor in determining the value of your Florida personal injury claim is the percentage of fault. Percentage of fault has to do with how much blame falls on each of the involved parties for the accident. In Florida the amount of fault that lies with each party will determine how much of the final settlement they receive.

With so many factors involved, you can understand why it is impossible to determine the value of an injury claim without thoroughly examining all of the specifics involved. However, it is a lawyer’s job to create such as estimate when filing your Florida personal injury claim.

How a Florida Car Accident Attorney Can Estimate Your Compensation

Again, no one can create a perfect estimate, but an experienced personal injury attorney will eventually come up with a rough figure, as they will need to ask for a specific amount of compensation in the Florida personal injury claim.

Your lawyer will use a variety of resources to help determine the compensation necessary for your Florida personal injury claim. Some of these resources include:

  • All details concerning who, what, why, where and how of the accident.
  • Your medical expenses and entire medical history.
  • Your other expenses that occurred as a result of your accident such as medical devices, and if you had to pay for services (such as daycare or cleaning) you used to perform but no longer can because of your injuries.
  • Your past and predicted future wage losses.
  • Your work history, marital status, education history, appearance and credibility as a witness.
  • The defendant’s work history, marital status, education history, appearance and credibility as a witness.
  • The availability of other credible expert and non-expert witnesses.
  • Your willingness and ability to train for and perform other work.
  • Florida negligence laws as they will be applied to your case.
  • The precedent, or past jury verdicts set for cases similar to yours.
  • Whether your case will be heard in state or federal court.
Jim Dodson
A Florida injury lawyer, family man and avid cyclist who clients have trusted for over 25 years.