No two personal injury cases are worth the same amount of money. Each case is unique to each individual. Even if the facts of your case may seem similar to somebody else’s case, the circumstances that create your harms and losses are unique to you. An experienced personal injury lawyer can evaluate your case and help determine the fair and reasonable amount of money it will take to balance the harms and losses you sustained.
A jury of 12 people at trial may ultimately decide how much your personal injury case is worth when they give their verdict. When presenting your case at trial and in settlement negotiations we may break down the value of your case into the following categories of losses, though there may be more:
1. Medical bills incurred in the past and likely to be incurred in the future;
2. Lost wages or lost income from being unable to work due to injuries;
3. Pain and suffering in the past and likely to be endured in the future;
4. Disability or the loss of enjoyment of normal life activities;
5. Disfigurement such as scars and other visible conditions;
6. Increased risk of future harm due to the injury.
We look at each category separately and assign a reasonable value to it. When we add the value of each category of damages together, that becomes the value of the damages in your case.
In a wrongful death case, the damages include the grief, sorrow and mental suffering of the next of kin.
Medical bills and lost wages are relatively easy to calculate because they are economic items that can be calculated and added together. Recovery for medical bills and lost wages only makes up for the money you lost, but it does not balance out the true human losses in your case.
It is much more difficult to understand the value of your pain and suffering, loss of normal life activities, disfigurement and increased risk of future harm. By talking with you, learning about and understanding your life before, during and after the incident, by reviewing your medical records and discussing your losses with your doctor, we can arrive at a valuation for your true human losses. We may look to other jury verdicts in nearby courthouses involving the same or similar injuries only as a guide to our valuation for your damages.
The value of your damages case may be reduced by certain circumstances such as the probability of proving the other person or company was negligent or by any of your own conduct that may have contributed to the incident.
Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid continues to handle all types of personal injury and wrongful death cases in Naperville, Chicago, Elgin and Cook, DuPage, Kane, Will and Kendall counties and all throughout the Chicagoland area.