Important factors should be taken into account by Louisville personal injury attorneys when evaluating a personal injury case, such as:
• The type of injury.
• The frequency, severity, and duration of pain resulting from the injury.
• The nature of any permanent residuals from the injury.
• The length of treatment.
• The cost of medical care.
• The extent of loss of earnings due to the injury.
• Issue of fault.
Once these factors have been assessed, an experienced injury attorney will have a pretty good idea of what those injuries are worth in damages. For instance, there are benchmark value amounts for broken bones and what are known as soft-tissue injuries, which include strains and sprains.
The amount of lost earnings the victim has suffered is a particularly important factor in evaluating a personal injury case. For instance, suppose that two people are passengers in a car involved in an accident. The driver of the other car is at fault. Both victims suffer broken arms. However, one is a surgeon while the other works as an office manager. The amount of damages awarded to each will undoubtedly reflect the difference in their incomes. The surgeon will probably be awarded a larger settlement because his earning power is greater than that of the office manager and part of the settlement is supposed to replace the earnings the victim loses due to the accident.
According to some attorneys yet another subtle factor limiting the size of recoveries is the state of the economy.