One of the most common questions that our Raymore personal injury attorneys hear is “What is the value of my case?” This is a complex question that is based on a wide variety of factors. Here are just a few such factors that your Raymore personal injury lawyer may explain can have an impact on your case.
Your Raymore personal injury attorney may conduct legal research on your case if a unique issue arises. There may be an existing ordinance in place that is directly on target with your case. Likewise, there may be a case that has arisen that is similar to the facts of your own case that serves as precedent in your jurisdiction. If there is a law, case or other legal standard that is in your favor, the value of your claim may rise.
Your Raymore personal injury lawyer can explain that the value of your case may decline as time goes by. In some cases, it can be years before your case gets in front of a jury. It is more difficult for a jury to imagine the injuries that you suffered if they were sustained years before and are no longer readily apparent.
Liens on Recovery
Having a workers’ compensation lien, agreement with an insurance company or other such contract that requires you to pay back other parties directly from your settlement will cause you to have a lower net settlement. However, the insurance carrier cannot usually be charged less by a jury simply because you had your own health insurance that covered medical bills due to the collateral source rule.
The final amount that is offered in settlement or awarded in a jury trial will be based on these factors. Additional factors may arise that are based on the specific circumstances of your case. One factor can have a significant impact on the overall value of your case. If you would like more information about the potential value of your case, contact a Raymore personal injury attorney from the Law Offices of Stephen K. Nordyke at 816-842-6555 to schedule a confidential consultation.