Can my Denver personal injury attorney guarantee a settlement amount for my accident case?
Since every personal injury case is unique, it’s important to take advantage of the free consultation most attorneys offer. During your consultation, your Denver personal injury attorney can provide you with an estimate of what you can expect to receive for your injuries. Any attorney who guarantees you a settlement should not be trusted.
Settlement amounts usually take into consideration a combination of details, including the following:
- severity of the injury;
- costs and damages incurred due to the injury;
- any future medical treatments that will be required;
- lost wages and time spent away from work;
- pain and emotional suffering; and
- the effect the injury has had on dependents and family.
When an insurance company is involved, they will offer you a settlement based on the above items. Definitive costs, such as medical treatments, diagnostic exams and X-rays, are usually easiest to recoup. Lost wages, estimates for further lost income and additional medical treatment may be granted as well, if you have documentation from your employer and attending physician. Other damages that are harder to place a dollar value on, such as pain, suffering or mental anguish, may be determined by a formula set by the insurance company involved.
Your degree of fault in the accident may also affect how much you are due. It’s not uncommon for an insurance company to file a counter claim and try to prove you were partially to blame for the accident and resulting injuries. If they succeed, this is called “comparative negligence,” and it could lower the total payment you are awarded.
An experienced Denver personal injury attorney can help you be prepared for this defense and best estimate the total compensation you are due.
Contact a Denver Personal Injury Attorney
If you believe you have grounds for a personal injury case, call 303-300-5060 to discuss your legal options with an attorney at the Law Office of D.J. Banovitz today. You can also order our free book to learn more about personal injury claims, 7 Costly Mistakes that can Ruin Your Colorado Injury Case.