Common Questions

The value of your personal injury case depends on:

  • The facts of your case;
  • The quality of your evidence; and
  • The experience and dedication of your personal injury lawyer.

FACTS: The facts of your case will answer the two all-important questions of a personal injury case: who was at fault, and what are your damages? Before you can expect to successfully pursue a personal injury claim, there must be another party who is responsible for your injury, and you must have damages (losses) for which you can be compensated.

EVIDENCE: Of course, just having the facts on your side isn’t enough. You and your personal injury lawyer have to prove them in a court of law—or at least convince the insurance company’s attorney that you will be able to do so. That means that your case is very reliant on the availability of detailed police reports, your attorney's ability to craft strong discovery documents and take depositions, and the availability of witnesses and physical evidence.

YOUR PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER: The quality and commitment of your attorney is critical to a successful personal injury claim. That’s because the facts and evidence only have an impact when they’re used appropriately by your attorney. Your lawyer will have to gather evidence, interview witnesses, negotiate with the insurance company, calculate your damages, and much more. A lawyer who knows the workings of personal injury litigation and how the insurance companies will act and react is in a much stronger position to represent you effectively. Your lawyer has to prove that another party was responsible for your injury, and prove your damages—or has to convince the insurance company’s attorney that if your case went to trial, he would prove those things. Without that ability and willingness, even favorable facts and evidence don’t translate to fair compensation for your injury.

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