“How much is my case worth?”
It is the most common question injured people ask attorney Boulton, and one that he enjoys helping accident victims understand.
Specifically, he speaks with callers everyday who are confused about what they are owed by the insurance company for their car accident and injuries.
It is understandable given the many factors that can make the evaluation car accident claims tricky: Stacks of medical bills. Property damage. Lost time at work. Pain and suffering. The list goes on and on.
The quick answer is that no two cases are alike and your car accident injury case will have a unique value. However, attorney Boulton can often help you better understand the value of your case during an initial consultation.
How to determine your case value
First, never let anyone try to make you feel guilty about pursuing a personal injury claim. You have undergone a traumatic incident that was not your fault. It is ok to have a dollar amount in mind after your accident.
If your accident happened in Indiana, you will likely have the legal right to be compensated by the insurance company for the following:
- All related medical bills, past and future
- Lost wages, past and future, and/or loss of any earning potential
- Pain and suffering, or permanent disability
Looking at each in a little more detail helps to better understand your specific accident and injury.
Depending on the severity of your injuries, there may be dozens of providers involved with your accident and medical care. Some of the most common include, ambulance services, emergency room care, radiology bills, physical therapists, etc.
The large number of providers can quickly become confusing.
To help ensure that every bill is paid by the insurance company, Boulton Law Group locates and orders a complete list of all medical bills related to your car accident. Victims who try to account for all their bills without the assistance of an experienced attorney run the risk of not being fully compensated.
There is a longstanding myth that a “bill equation” can be used to determine the value of a car accident case. Specifically, we talk to people who say they heard you are supposed to multiply your bill’s times three to arrive at case value. This is untrue.
In reality, your case may be worth less than that amount or several times more.
If your injuries were so severe that they forced you to miss work, you have a right to recover lost wages.
However, it is important to know that you can only recover for the time that was excused by your doctor. If your doctor has ordered that you take a week off work, but you choose to take off two weeks, you may not be reimbursed for the additional time.
Attorney Boulton will also work with you to determine all lost earning potential.
For example, if you are an independent contractor that runs a home remodeling business and your injuries are responsible for your losing future projects or potential jobs, it is possible this lost earning potential can be included in your total compensation.
Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering is subjective to each individual. It is one of the reasons that each person’s case value is unique, no matter how similar their accident may seem.
Some of the more common factors involved with pain and suffering include the day-to-day impact of your accident and injuries. Some accident victims may suffer from nightmares or anxiety when getting in a vehicle. Other people may not be able to enjoy their usual hobbies, or play with their children and/or grand-children.
Attorney Boulton will discuss with you the most appropriate strategy to help document your pain and suffering so that it is considered when submitting your demand package.
Creating your demand package
Once your doctor has released you from treatment or declared you to be at maximum health, Boulton Law Group prepares a professional demand package on your behalf.
Having an experienced Indiana personal injury lawyer present a persuasive demand on your behalf greatly increases the chances that you will receive the compensation that you deserve.
Included in this package will be a demand letter that carefully details your accident, injuries, medical treatment, and an overview of its effects on you.
Additionally, we include a complete listing of your bills and medical records so that all aspects of your accident and injury are taken into consideration.
Ask attorney Boulton how much your case is worth
It is strongly recommended that you consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer about the value of your car accident case. This holds true even if you have already received an offer from the insurance company.
Boulton Law Group offers Indiana accident victims a Zero Fee Guarantee. This means you will never be charged a cent to learn the value of your case. And if you choose to hire us to represent you, the only way we receive payment for our legal services is if we make a recovery on your behalf.
To speak to attorney Boulton at no cost, you can contact him direct at 317-350-2680. You can also write to us with the details of your potential case, by using our confidential contact form.
Attorney Matt Boulton is an award-winning personal injury attorney with more than 20 years of experience helping seriously injured people throughout Indiana reclaim what was taken from them. His firm was created for for the client who expects exceptional service and passionate, successful legal representation.