“How much is my Phoenix injury claim worth?” is one of the most frequent questions accident attorneys and car accident lawyers in Phoenix receive. It is a fair question but cannot be answered without reviewing all of the facts surrounding the accident, injuries and medical treatment.
Car accident victims in Phoenix, Mesa, Tempe, Buckeye, Scottsdale, anywhere in Arizona, are entitled to receive financial compensation for damages and injuries they suffered as a result of the negligence or reckless behavior of another party. Even accident victims that are partially at fault may recover for their damages and injuries under Arizona’s comparative fault scheme.
Be suspect of any attorney that tells you how much an injury claim is worth without reviewing all of the relevant facts including the police report, witness statements, medical records, medical bills, etc. Likewise, do not rely on “settlement calculators”. There is no substitute for an experienced attorney reviewing all of the facts, medical records, medical bills, liens, repair estimates, witness statements or thoroughly reviewing your case.
If you would like a free review of your case contact Kester Law Group for a no obligation, consultation. Kester Law Group offers a no fee guarantee. You don’t pay unless Kester Law Group wins or settles your injury claim. Kester Law Group handles motorcycle accidents, trucking accidents wrongful death claims, medical malpractice claims, pedestrian accidents, slip & falls, hit & runs, premises liability cases and more. Kester Law Group has offices and attorneys near you. Call now (480) 771-6000 or submit a contact form.
HOW DO I VALUE A PHOENIX INJURY CLAIM?
“How do I value a Phoenix injury claim” is another frequent question encountered by Phoenix accident attorneys and car accident lawyers in Arizona. There are a number of factors that influence the value of a personal injury claim including:
- The injury;
- Severity or permanence of injury;
- Pain, discomfort and distress sustained because of the injury;
- Past, present, and future medical bills;
- Amount of lost income;
- Out of pocket expenses;
- Property loss or damage;
- Loss of consortium
When an injury case is decided by a jury, the jury is provided the following jury instruction:
If you find Defendants liable to Plaintiff, you must then decide the full amount of money that will reasonably and fairly compensate Plaintiff for each of the following elements of damages proved by the evidence to have resulted from the fault of Defendant:
- The nature, extent, and duration of the injury;
- The pain, discomfort, suffering, disability, disfigurement, and anxiety already experienced, and reasonably probable to be experienced in the future as a result of the injury;
- Reasonable expenses of necessary medical care, treatment, and services rendered, and reasonably probable to be incurred in the future;
- Lost earnings to date, and any decrease in earning power or capacity in the future;
- Loss of love, care, affection, companionship, and other pleasures of the [marital] [family] relationship;
- Loss of enjoyment of life, that is, the participation in life’s activities to the quality and extent normally enjoyed before the injury.
From the jury instruction you can see that it is all about what you can prove. This is why it is crucial to speak to an experienced injury attorney. There is a difference between what a jury will award in a personal injury case and what it will be settled for prior to litigation. Sometimes, an insurance company may make an unreasonable settlement offer to test the waters; to see if a lawsuit will be filed and other times there may be a genuine dispute over liability or damages. In either instance, you need an experienced accident injury attorney on your side.
Kester Law Group was founded by a former insurance claims adjuster and insurance defense attorney. Gary A. Kester has handled thousands of injury cases including but not limited to wrongful death, medical malpractice, slip and falls, premises liability, governmental negligence and liability, dog bite, premises liability, work injuries, motorcycle accidents and more. Gary A. Kester is rated 10/10 “Superb” on AVVO and is recognized as a top rated trial attorney by National Trial Lawyers Association, National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys and others. Kester Law Group has attorneys and offices near you, call (480) 771-6000 for a free, no obligation, consultation.
GET HELP FROM EXPERIENCED PHOENIX PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS
At Kester Law Group, our Phoenix injury attorneys have the knowledge, experience and resources to get you paid the maximum amount for your injury claim. Call (480) 771-6000 now for a free, no obligation consultation, or to set up an in person meeting. We have attorneys near you waiting to help.