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What is my car accident case worth?

If you have recently been in a car accident where you sustained injuries, you are likely wondering what your claim is worth. Chances are you have already had an insurance adjuster offer you an amount to settle your claim, but you don't know what a "fair" offer really is.  (For more information on what to do after a car wreck, click here.)

The value of your case is dependent upon multiple factors, including the location where the wreck occurred, the extent of your injuries or harms and losses, and any type of influence you can use to show that the defendant's conduct was egregious. I will address each of these in turn.

1. Location and venue where you bring a lawsuit

Venue is where you are able to bring a claim and, eventually, a lawsuit. Venue is very important in factoring what your case may be worth. This is because juries in certain areas historically award high verdicts and juries in other areas have historically awarded low verdicts. An experienced lawyer that has handled car wreck cases will be able to evaluate where you can and cannot file a lawsuit; what type of juries a particular county typically has; what type of rulings judges typically provide; and will be able to assist you in selecting the proper venue in which to bring you case.

2. Injuries or Harms and Losses

These are typically referred to as "damages." The amount of damages you have will largely dictate the value of your claim. Injuries sustained in a car accident must be able to be substantiated. This means that your injuries stemming from a car accident must be proven to be directly caused or exacerbated by the car accident. While you may think that some injuries may be easily substantiated, many injuries often require expert testimony in front of a jury to prove. Ultimately, however, a jury will determine what damages are actually worth. This is why it is important to hire an attorney who has handled and tried car accident cases. An experience car accident lawyer will know how to present a case to a jury to fully explain how you have been harmed as a result of the car wreck.

3. The Defendant's Conduct

Many car accident cases occur because an individual isn't paying attention or following the proper rules of driving at the time of the wreck. However, there are occasions where an individual's conduct is so bad that a claim for punitive damages can be made.

In considering any car accident case, no one can ever claim to know exactly how much a case will be worth. However, lawyers who have handled and tried these types of cases will be able to maximize the possible recovery amount and help you receive fair compensation. If you have been injured in a car wreck, the attorneys at the Manchin Injury Law Group have the experience to help you. To discuss your potential case, contact us today at 1-304-816-4097.

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