January 24, 2014

How Your Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Determines the Value of Your Claim

The maximum amount for which you are entitled to sue in a personal injury case in Los Angeles is determined using a variety of factors. First and foremost, you need to have the proper legal representation in order to fully exercise your rights and be able to seek the maximum amounts. Without an attorney helping you, the other party’s insurance company’s lawyers are not as cooperative. In fact, they will take anything you tell them and use it against you, if it serves their interests. Ideally, it is in your best interest to not speak to the insurance company or their lawyers until you have had time to consult with one of your own.

Another factor used to determine the maximum amount of your case is based on the insurance coverage the other person has in effect. While it is possible to seek a larger amount, it does not always mean you are always able to recover the full amount filed. However, if the other party has substantial assets, then it might be possible to win your case at the higher amount. Your Los Angeles personal injury attorney will discuss this in more detail during your initial consultation.

The extent of your injuries, medical costs, and other expenses incurred from the accident are also used to determine your maximum amount. In certain cases, you may be able to include pain and suffering with your claim. Additionally, your injury claim can include reimbursement for minor expenses, such as transportation, as well as physical disability, permanent scars, mental anguish, loss of wages, including overtime, and other out of pocket expenses.