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How Does a Personal Injury Attorney Evaluate My Case?

Attorney David I. Fuchs

Author

Attorney David I. Fuchs

Date

Mar. 22, 2021

Category

Personal Injury

When someone else injures you, you might wonder whether you can sue the at-fault party for compensation. Many people in cases like this turn to a personal injury lawyer to see if they have a case.

But how does a personal injury attorney evaluate your case? Most people don’t know what to expect.

We are here to clear up the confusion. In this post, we discuss the factors your injury lawyer will consider when evaluating your case. For an assessment of your injury case, reach out to David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Lawyer, P.A. Call us at (954) 568-3636 or use our online contact form.

Determine Who Is at Fault

The most significant factor to consider in any personal injury case is a fault. Your injury lawyer will want to hear the details of your accident to see whether another person is at fault and, if so, who that person is.

To you, that may sound simple. You were there, so you know who was at fault. But your attorney will need to look at the case through the lens of Florida personal injury law and what a judge or jury will think about what happened.

For instance, if you were hit by an 18-wheeler, you might assume that the truck driver is at fault. And they may be. But your lawyer will want to look at other possible at-fault parties. The trucking company may be at fault for forcing the trucker to drive for long hours while drowsy. Or a truck manufacturer may be at fault for making a faulty truck part that malfunctioned and caused your accident.

If you name the wrong at-fault party in your personal injury claim, you may not be able to recover full compensation. Your lawyer will want to make sure you have the correct at-fault parties.

Review the Evidence

Next up is the evidence. Without evidence of what happened, your case might not get very far. To assess your case, your personal injury attorney will ask you for details about what evidence may be available. They will also want to hear about people or places where they could find more evidence.

Some of the evidence your lawyer may want to review includes the following:

  • Medical records of your injuries
  • Police reports related to your accident
  • Any statements from witnesses who saw the accident
  • Photos or videos of the accident or the aftermath

Calculate the Value of Your Damages

Most people who have been injured want to know the value of their case. This is something your personal injury lawyer can help you estimate.
To put a monetary value on your personal injury case, your lawyer will want to discuss every way in which your injuries have affected your life. In personal injury law, these harms are called “damages.” Damages break down into two main categories: economic and non-economic.

Economic Damages

Economic damages are those that impact your finances. The at-fault party may have to pay you for the following economic damages:

  • Medical bills
  • Future medical costs, such as corrective surgeries
  • Income you lose while recovering
  • Income you will lose because your injury has disabled you
  • Property damage resulting from the accident

To place a monetary value on each of these damages, your lawyer will need to talk to your doctors, see your past pay stubs, and determine the value of any of your property that was damaged.

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages are an important part of the compensation you can receive through a personal injury suit. But they are somewhat harder to place a monetary value on.

To assess your economic damages, your personal injury lawyer will want to discuss with you the following factors tied to your accident:

  • Your pain and suffering
  • Your emotional trauma
  • Any scarring or disfigurement you suffered
  • Any effects of the injury that reduce your quality of life
  • Any way in which your injury has damaged your personal relationships

Your injury attorney will help you place a value on each of your non-economic damages. And then they will start building a case meant to recover maximum compensation for you.

Speak With a Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Attorney

If you want a trusted personal injury lawyer to evaluate your case, schedule a free consultation with David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Lawyer, P.A. We are ready to hear your story and assess the factors described above. We are ready to win for you so you can get your life back.

To speak with our law firm, call (954) 568-3636 or contact us online.