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Ask An Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer: How much is my auto accident claim worth?

Published September 10th, 2012 in Blog, Car Accidents, Personal Injury Law General

This is probably the most frequently asked question I get from my clients.  They always want to cut to the chase and get down to the numbers, which I totally understand.  But, the thing is, it’s impossible to put a number value to any claim because there are so many factors that go into a settlement.

Here are just a couple of them:

Property damage.  Just because you have a high property damage claim does not necessarily mean you will receive a high settlement for your personal injury claim.  However, when the property damage is particularly low, a common response from insurance companies is a question of how injured the client is if the damages in the vehicle were minimal, which implies the collision was low-impact.  However, low property damage value once again does not necessarily guarantee that you will receive a low settlement for your personal injury claim because it is absolutely possible to sustain injuries more serious than the collision may suggest.

Medical treatment.  Medical treatment also contributes heavily to reaching a settlement with the insurance companies because it dictates the seriousness of an injury.  Obviously, an injury that requires only chiropractic treatment is very different from an injury that calls for surgical procedures.  Also, there are injuries that will require medical treatment even in the future, which is a drastically different situation than one that has finished treatment.  But still, receiving certain medical treatments does not definitively equate to a certain number value.  It can only be used to gauge a possible range of what your settlement might look like.

Pain and suffering.  Pain and suffering is also factored into the final settlement because compensation for medical bills doesn’t really cover all of the losses and inconvenience you’ve experienced.  While we can’t promise this will happen for every case, at Kim Law, we do our best to make sure our clients leave with more than just their medical bills paid for.  We understand that you weren’t looking to get injured on the day of your accident and that you have suffered more than just physically because of your accident.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, please contact our attorneys at Kim Law.  If you need immediate information regarding personal injury claims, please check out the rest of our blog.