How much is my West Palm Beach, Florida car accident case worth?
This is the question that most people have on their minds after getting into an auto accident in Florida. One of the first questions to determine case value is how much insurance is available? For instance, if your damages are $75,000 but there's only $10,000 in insurance available, then the case is probably only worth $10,000. That's why it's important to have a lawyer look into all possible insurance available. There may be assets that can be taken as well.
Some of the factors that determine what your West Palm Beach car accident case is worth include:
Was the car accident your fault?
How much damage was done to your vehicle in the accident? The other vehicle?
Do you have pictures of the damage to both vehicles?
How serious are the injuries? Are your injuries permanent?
Is surgery recommended?
Did you have surgery as a result of the car accident?
How much did that surgery cost?
Can we prove those injuries through medical bills?
How much of those medical bills were already paid by insurance?
Do you have to repay the insurance company for those medical bills?
What income did you lose as a result of the accident?
Are you a likable and truthful person?
Were you wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident?
What lawyer is representing the other side?
In a wrongful death case, who are the survivors and how were they affected emotionally and economically?
You really won't know the true value of your case until you've recovered as much as possible from your injuries. Doctors and personal injury lawyers refer to this as “maximum medical improvement or MMI.”
It may take as little as several months to years to resolve a personal injury case. Check out this video explanation on how long a personal injury case will take in West Palm Beach, Florida.
There are a number of factors that determine what each case is worth. Some injured victims have unreasonable expectations as to what their cases are worth. Others do not.
What does a great Florida auto accident case look like?
In Florida personal injury auto accident lawsuits, the plaintiff must prove it was somebody else's fault (causation), you were injured (damages), and there must be a deep pocket to sue (an insurance company or assets to go after).
Let's take each one individually. The wrongdoer must have caused your injuries – the accident was their fault. Damages are proven by medical bills and testimony from doctors. Also, damages can be proven by people who know you. They can testify about how the injuries sustained from the car accident has affected your job, lost wages, loss of consortium, etc.
You must have deep pockets to sue. That generally means insurance.
The ideal case would be where the car accident was not your fault, the other person caused the auto accident, you had substantial provable medical bills and injuries, and the insurance company had a multi-million dollar policy. Additionally, the wrongdoer admitted fault, you did not admit fault, and the police noted in their report that the wrongdoer was at fault and confessed to being at fault.
Also, you have no prior criminal convictions and the wrongdoer is a five-time convicted felon. There are number of factors that affect the value of a case. No two cases are the same. However, the factors discussed above are some of the factors that lead to an ideal case Florida accident case.
“Law is not black or white, it's Grey”
Palm Beach car accident lawyer and personal injury attorney Grey Tesh is based out of West Palm Beach, Florida.