One of the most common questions that we get asked is, "How much is my case worth?"
It's a valid question, and potential clients have a right to know their chances of winning a case and how much the compensation might be. Our founder and chief lawyer, Bob Cearley, goes a little bit deeper on this important question:
When potential clients first ask us that question, we always start our answer with a smile and, "Well, it depends." It can get frustrating to not get a cut and dry answer right off the back, but there are so many factors that go into the worth of your case.
Telling anyone that their case is worth a blanket amount of dollars without really digging into the case and discovering every detail large and small is unfair to all parties involved.
Some of the easiest factors to distinguish when estimating what a case might be worth are:
- Cost of Physical Injuries
- Cost of Financial Losses
- Level of Negligence
And that doesn't even include things like emotional distress, total damages, whether the situation is isolated or part of a pattern, and so many more factors.
That is why we always urge potential clients who have strong cases to sit down with a lawyer straight away. Don't hold back, tell us the full story (it's protected under client privilege whether you are officially a client or just doing a consultation), and let us walk you through your options.
At the end of the day, we want you to get everything that you deserve out of a case, and we can't fully assess the value of your case, how much you deserve, and how much we think we can win for you without sitting down and going through an detailed discovery period.
We understand that sometimes you just want to know an estimate, but we would never want to make you think that your case was worth less than it really is (possibly discouraging you from filing to begin with) when there are so many details and factors under the surface that come into play that might significantly change the value of the case as whole.
It's our job to listen to your story, mentally take a walk in your shoes, counsel you in your best course of action, and be your full advocate in the courtroom.