People's Law Guide
Russell M Thompson, Esq.
After "Do I have a claim?" this is the most common question asked by accident victims. To answer this question an attorney will consider how your injuries have impacted your life. For example, have they (a) limited your ability to earn a livelihood, (b) disrupted your personal relationships, (c) disabled you, or (d) affected your mental health. The value of your claim will vary widely depending on the nature of your accident. Accident victims should consider these questions:
Most importantly, you should not settle your claim until you have finished treating with your doctor, are medically stable and know the full extent of your injuries. The value of your claim depends on the total amount of your medical bills and lost wages, the amount of time it takes to become medically stable and the extent of any long-term problems due to the accident. Your claim will also include a factor for your "pain and suffering". But there are no magic formulas to put a monetary value on your claim. An experienced attorney can help by putting your case together and negotiating with the insurance company to get fair value for your claim (not just the minimum that the insurance company wants to pay). If the insurance company does not offer to pay a fair value, the attorney can file a lawsuit and try your case. In my experience, people will usually do better with an attorney than by themselves.
If you have suffered an injury as a result of the negligence of another, consult an attorney quickly to determine who may be liable and to devise a strategy to hold that party accountable for your damages.Russell M Thompson, Esq. is an attorney who has been practicing since 1985. Located in Sunrise, his office handles Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death. He can be reached at (954) 316-8988, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or his website at www.ForTheInjuredOnly.com