No lawyer can tell you exactly how much your personal injury case is ?worth.? There is no precise formula.
However, an experienced personal injury attorney can give you an estimate of the range of compensation you can expect.
Most personal injury cases settle out of court, and most defendants have insurance. Thus, most compensation is paid to personal injury victims on the basis of a settlement negotiated with an insurance company.
In a settlement negotiation, the parties balance risk and reward. One risk is that the parties won’t settle and the case will go to trial. Going to trial means that it could take months or even years for the victim to receive compensation, and the victim will have to deal with depositions (answering questions from the defendant’s attorney), medical examinations, and testifying at trial.
If a case does go to trial, a risk for the victim is that the jury will award an amount lower than the defendant (or the insurance company) would have agreed to. A jury might even find that the victim was entirely responsible for his or her own injuries, and thus award zero damages.
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