Want to know how much your Calabasas car accident case is worth? Of course you do! It is the number one questions we get from our many San Fernando Valley personal injury clients. For starters, don't trust the personal injury settlement calculators you see online-- we actually wrote a whole blog post on how these are notoriously and deceptively misleading. The only real way to know the worth of your case is to get in touch with us-- once we know more about your injuries and who the defendant is, we can give you a very accurate ballpark. Contact us now.
But we get that researching online is also a big part of making you feel comfortable with starting the legal process of filing a personal injury lawsuit. Here's a look at the main factors that go into determining how much your Calabasas car accident case is worth:
- What are your injuries? If you were injured in a Calabasas car accident and you have not seen a doctor yet, we strongly encourage you to do so for multiple reasons-- for starters, it will help you feel better and document the full extent of your injuries! From a legal standpoint, it is also incredibly helpful to have professional documentation of your injuries. Exer More than Urgent Care on Agoura Road is a great local one. If you were seriously injured and have already been to the ER, the doctor and maybe even a physical therapist then start by adding up how much all of that costs. In addition to the money you have already spent on your physical recovery, a lot of what goes into this important part of the personal injury recover equation is how much it will cost to continue with your recovery. For instance, your docs may suggest that physical therapy is necessary for years or that surgery down the line is a real possibility-- we forecast all of that out when we come to a number for your physical injuries.
- Did you miss work? Depending on what type of job security and structure you have, missing work can be financially devatating for you and your family and one of the easier one to figure out the worth of. Start with how much work you missed and how much that costs you. For some, it might be that you missed work and more importantly you missed the opportunity for overtime you consistently get. For others, it might mean that they may never be able to work again.
- What was the damage to your car? Probably the simplest one to figure out because it involves a determination by a body shop of either how much it costs to fix it or how much to replace. Also included in this area of financial damages (aka how much your case is worth) is the time you have without your mode of transportation and had to pay for a rental (if it was not covered by your own insurance), uber/lyft/taxi, public transportation or rely on friends and family to get around.
- Other: Some Calabasas car accidents are more serious that injuries and car damage and involve a death. In these cases, we file a wrongful death lawsuit on your behalf but beware-- often the other side will immediately offer a very lowball figure to get you to take the fast cash before a lawyer tells you how much your case is really worth. Do not take any money for a Calabasas wrongful death or personal injury case before giving us a call. All our consultations are completely free so we will let you know what we think of the offer.
In addition to the categories mentioned above, things like pain and suffering, emotional distress (PTSD is extremely common following a serious car accident) and compensation for scarring are all available in certain cases. At Walch Law, our job is to get you paid for your injuries and beyond. We work hard to make sure that you get the maximum possible settlement in the fastest time possible. It only takes one call. We look forward to hearing from you.