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“We take every case individually… You just have to dig into each person and how the injury has affected them individually.”
It’s a common question for anyone considering a claim for personal injury: how much is my case worth?
Merrida Coxwell is a personal injury attorney and managing partner at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC, based in Jackson, Mississippi. In this interview, he explains how attorneys calculate damages in personal injury cases. He also offers tips for finding the right attorney to handle your case.
To learn more, contact the attorney directly by calling 888-592-5505 or by submitting a contact form on this page. There is no charge for the consultation, and you never owe any out-of-pocket attorney fees.
Evaluating the value of a personal injury case can be tricky. While some attorneys may offer formulas for how to evaluate the value of one of these cases, it is also important to find an attorney who will evaluate the individual damages of a person’s case, taking into account how that person’s life was impacted by the injury in specific, personal ways.
Compensatory damages are the most common kind of damages and refer to the kind of damages for which an injured party can receive monetary compensation. Punitive damages don’t occur in every case, but when they do, their intention is to punish the at-fault party for grossly negligent conduct.
Special or economic damages are the easiest kind of compensatory damage to evaluate. They generally involve values such as the cost of medical bills, lost wages, decrease in earning potential, and any other types of damage that have a finite, calculable loss. Hedonistic or general damages refer to more intangible damages, such as loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, and essentially any other damage that affects the way a person can interact with their daily life and their loved ones.
Many people consider representing themselves in a personal injury case. However, due to the complex nature of the damages involved and the variety of parties, this can be extremely difficult. Coxwell suggests that the only time an accident victim should attempt to handle their own case is when there is no injury involved in the case at all and no insurance bad faith involved in the settlement.
In any other situation, it is important to contact a personal injury attorney to evaluate your situation. There could be a variety of damages that are likely to occur down the road as a result of someone’s injury that the average layperson may not predict but that an attorney has seen time and time again.
While many attorneys may claim to be trial attorneys, including those that work for some of the insurance companies, it is important to seek out a personal injury trial attorney with experience taking their client’s cases to court with a track record of success. While any attorney can technically go to trial, certified trial attorneys undergo additional training in client advocacy and typically have a great deal more experience actually going to court rather than hoping for a fair settlement outside of court.
Some individuals representing themselves may be quick to settle a case without first evaluating the legitimacy of the offer. What might seem like a fair offer upfront could be woefully insufficient to cover the lasting or even permanent damages to a victim’s life.
This means that an injured person will not have to pay their attorney unless and until that attorney wins their case for them. Even the consultation is free. These attorneys only take on the cases that they feel are viable as far as evidence and damages go. If at the end of the trial process an attorney is unable to recover for their client, the client is under no obligation to pay them for their services. With this in mind, if you or a loved one have been injured, don’t immediately assume you should handle a lawsuit on your own. Seek legal counsel to learn more about what a personal injury attorney can do for you.
To learn more, contact Merrida Coxwell directly by calling 888-592-5505 or by submitting a contact form on this page. There is no charge for the consultation, and you never owe any out-of-pocket attorney fees.
Disclaimer: This video is for informational purposes only. In some states, this video may be deemed Attorney Advertising. The choice of lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely on advertisements.
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