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How Much Will you Get For a Baltimore Personal Injury Case?

It might seem like common sense, but there is no such thing as a truly typical Baltimore, Maryland personal injury case. Every injured person is unique, and every accident or injury-causing event is singular. Having said that, in evaluating and analyzing these types of cases for 25 years, I have noted certainly similarities in cases that can lead to general advice about the worth, or value, of, for example, a motor vehicle accident case.

"What is my personal injury case worth?"This a legitimate question that every victim asks, and that any Baltimore personal injury attorney hears every day. In my experience, it is often prefaced with qualifiers like "It's not about the money, but......", or "I'm not in this to get rich, but.....".In my business, it is about money, and that is absolutely accepted and understood.

I've always felt that analyzing every injury case considering each unique circumstance of the event, and person or persons injured, can be, and likely is perhaps one of the most important services a Baltimore personal injury provides. Bringing years of experience in trying personal injury cases, mediating injury cases, and negotiating personal injury claim settlements to bear on a particular case, can produce meaningful insights. There are myriad factors that go into the analysis, and although each is explored in great detail on this site, a few are worth pointing out here. 

The Amount Of Your Medical Expense And Lost Wages is Considered

These two components are generally the largest constituents of the economic damage part of a personal injury case. More detail on these concepts can be found here"

How Much Is A Baltimore, Maryland Personal Injury Case Worth? Are Medical Expenses Taken Into Account?

Can I Recover Past or Future Lost Wages/Income in a Baltimore Personal Injury Case?

The Opinions Of Your Doctors Regarding Your Injury Are Considered

Medical evidence has been called the driving force of any litigated personal injury case. To be sure, any successful Baltimore personal injury Plaintiff must have one or more doctors linking the event to the injury and to and the need for treatment. The insurance company on the other side of the case has a lot of money to spend on defending the claim, and will invariably find a doctor to give an opinion substantially at odds with what your doctor has to say. For more:

A Baltimore Maryland Insurance Company Has Sent Me To See Their Doctor. What is an Independent Medical Exam [IME]?

The Physical And Mental Distress You've Experienced Are Weighed

These considerations are typically logged under the heading "non-economic" damage, in part because the nature of the claim defies ready quantification. There is an  age-old question: 'How much is a lost limb, or a lost life, worth?" It is not possible to easily reduce such claims to dollars and cents. Baltimore jurors are given guidance on what to consider. 

How Do I Calculate a Baltimore Personal Injury Settlement?

Baltimore Personal Injury Case: What is the Value?
FULL TRANSCRIPT: What is the value of my personal injury case? This is perhaps the ultimate most frequently asked question. Indeed I believe that it is a key role of any personal injury attorney to intelligently and accurately assess the value of a personal injury claim. The most important role of course is for that attorney to actually recover full and fair compensation for his or her client. It might be a poor substitute for one's health but our system of jurisprudence recognizes that if one is injured through the fault of another money damages are the appropriate remedy. Maryland law divides damages generally into two distinct subsets: economic damage on the one hand non-economic damage on the other. Economic damages are things that are readily calculable- things such as lost wages, both past and future; medical expenses, both those incurred in the past and those which may reasonably be expected to be incurred in the future. Non-economic damages involve a more detailed analysis. Many people use a shorthand when referring to non-economic damages: pain and suffering. The core principle here is the ways in which an injury or the effects of that injury have compromised altered or changed the course of the victims life. Now, we look at a variety of factors in assessing the value of a personal injury case and I'm going to explore each of those factors in more detail in subsequent chapters in this series. We look, certainly to the amount of wages lost. Wlook to the amount of medical expenses incurred in the past. We look to venue -where the case would ultimately be tried if it goes to trial in Maryland. We look to the amount of available insurance coverage, Of course we also do an analysis of the strength of the case: is it one in which an insurance company is likely to mount a vigorous defense in terms of liability? And finally we do a careful and comprehensive analysis of the non-economic damage component of the claim.

If you have been injured by the negligence of another, [ e.g. in the aforementioned Baltimore car accident] our system of justice recognizes that, although money is a poor substitute for your health and peace of mind, it is how the law measures the magnitude of your loss. The idea that money is substituted for an intangible loss is not only accepted and understood, it's really the core of our civil justice system. An experienced Baltimore personal injury lawyer can give you guidance on the value of your case. A variety of factors are involved in determining a fair value range for your case. Put aside the discomfort and apprehensions when talking about money in the same sentence with your bodily integrity, peace of mind,  and in the context of your injury claim. It's OK. It is about the money. 

     -This Article was updated by Eric Kirk on 1/31/19 and 10/26/22. 

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