What is My Case Worth? - Miami Personal Injury Attorney Olga Porven Discusses
September 8, 2014
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall, medical malpractice, car accident, shooting, or other personal injury incident and are thinking of filing a lawsuit, you may be asking yourself "What is my case worth?" The answer depends on many factors like where the accident happened (Miami Dade County, Broward County, Palm Beach County, Monroe County, Orange County, etc.), what injuries did you suffer (brain injury, broken arm, herniation, death, etc.), and other factors. It is important to note that each case is different and the value of a case is fact specific. In order to determine the value of your case, you should speak to a local attorney. Olga Porven, of Olga Porven, P.A. is always available to speak with you regarding the potential value of your case. Olga Porven, P.A., a Miami Personal Injury Law Firm, handles a variety of personal injury claims in Miami, Hialeah, Doral, Kendall, North Miami, Aventura, Miami Gardens, Miami Lakes, Miramar, Pembroke Pines, and Hollywood. Olga Porven, P.A. is dedicated to aggressively representing each client in order to obtain fair compensation for the injured.
Payment for property damage such as a car, clothes, computer, etc.;
Payment for medical treatment (past, present and future);
Payment for lost income (past, present and future).
Payment for pain and suffering;
Payment for loss of consortium;
Payment for emotional distress.
Unfortunately, many clients sometimes place their own value to their case by simply comparing their case to a friend or family member which they feel is similar to their case. There is no one size fits all when tryin to evaluate the value of a case. In fact, case value goes up and down during the life of the case as facts are developed.
Some of the factors that must be considered when trying to determine case value are:
Who was at fault for the accident? Did the claimant/plaintiff have any fault in the accident? - Please note that Florida is a comparative fault state where if you are determined to have any fault for an accident by a jury, your award will be reduced by the percentage;
How soon after the accident was medical care received? What medical care was recommended? And was the claimant/ plaintiff compliant (Did you do what the doctor recommended?);
How well did you receover from the accident? Do you have any permanent injuries?
Will you need any future treatment for your injuries? For example - surgery, ongoing injections or physical therapy, replacement of hardware);
Can you still work? Did you have to stop working as a resut of the accident?
Where you children andor spouse affected because of the accident?
In what county will your case be tried if you go to trial? Your attorney will have to look into what juries in your county generally award victims involved in similar cases.
You should be suspicious of any lawyer that promises you a certain amount of money for your case. No lawyer can honestly guarantee you that you will receive a certain amount. In order to obtain a resonable evaluation of your case and its value, you should meet with an attorney, face to face, review your medical records, review any accident/incident reports, review any background investigations, interview witnesses, etc. Many times, an attorney may not be able to estimate the value until several months after an accident.
Olga Porven prides herself in her communication and individualized attention to her clients. Olga Porven meets with each client and evaluated each case herself. She is aware that every case is fact specific and deserves individualized attention. If you would like to meet with Olga Porven for a free consultation please contact us. Our office is in Hialeah just minutes away from North Miami, Miami, Doral, Miami Lakes, Miami Gardens, Miramar and Pembroke Pines and easily accessible from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties.