What Is My Case Worth?Computer Programs are Unreliable
“What is the Settlement Value of my Car Accident Case?” This is a question that you may have asked a lawyer. The odds are you did not receive a particularly satisfying answer. Perhaps you googled the same questions and came across a personal injury calculator. The quest for a fair car accident settlement value should not be guided by an online personal injury calculator or by asking a lawyer that does not know all the relevant facts to look into a crystal ball to predict the future. If determining how much a car accident case was worth could be accomplished by a personal injury calculator, we would not need to rely on judges and juries. They rely on life experiences to value a car accident claim. Insurance companies have attempted to create their own personal injury calculators by using computer programs with names like Colossus. A car accident settlement value assessment depends on multiple factors. The car accident settlement value guide should demonstrate that Maryland car accident verdicts or general rules will only help to value the most ordinary car accident claims.
It is relatively easy for an experienced car accident lawyer to provide a value range for a clear liability car accident where a plaintiff suffered a temporary injury such as a back or neck strain and fully recovered within a few months. These case typically result in verdicts of the medical bills plus appropriately documented lost wages and $1,000 to $3,000 per month for pain and suffering. Once a car accident case deviates from the “typical” car accident claim the car accident settlement value becomes more difficult to assess. Injuries that linger or are permanent must be valued in the context of the injured person’s life. Has that injury produced a decrease in future earning capacity? If so the claim is worth more for a younger person than an older person with the same injury. That same injury might have a significant impact on the ability of a warehouse worked to earn a living as opposed to an office worker. Can a portion of the injury be attributed to a prior injury or is the link between the accident and the claimed injury entirely in dispute?