What Is My Columbus Car Accident Case Worth?

What Is My Columbus Car Accident Case Worth?One of the most common questions we are asked is, “How much money is my car accident case worth?” And while we wish we could say “Car accidents are worth X amount,” the truth is more complicated. There are many factors which affect these types of claims.

Our Columbus car accident lawyers can help take some of the uncertainty out of the equation for you. Understanding the factors that contribute to the value of your car accident case can help you make informed decisions about seeking compensation for your damages.

What can increase the worth of my car accident case?

Several factors can contribute to increasing the potential worth of your car accident case. While the specific details will depend on the circumstances of your case, here are common factors that may enhance the value:

  • Severe injuries. The extent and severity of your injuries can significantly affect the value of your case. Serious injuries that require extensive medical treatment, surgeries, or result in permanent disabilities generally lead to higher compensation.
  • Long-term medical costs. Ongoing medical treatment, rehabilitation, and the need for future medical care can increase the overall value of your case. This includes expenses for physical therapy, medications, and any necessary assistive devices.
  • Lost wages and future earning capacity. Compensation for lost wages due to missed work during recovery is an important consideration. Additionally, if your injuries affect your ability to earn income in the future, this can contribute to the overall value of the case.
  • Pain and suffering. Non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life, can significantly increase the worth of your case. These damages are often subjective and depend on the severity and impact of the accident on your life.
  • Permanent disfigurement or scarring. Visible scarring or permanent disfigurement resulting from the accident can increase the compensation, especially if it affects your appearance and quality of life.
  • Impact on daily life. If the accident has had a significant impact on your ability to perform daily activities, enjoy hobbies, or maintain relationships, it may be considered when determining compensation.
  • Documentation and evidence. Thorough documentation of the accident, medical records, photographs, witness statements, and other evidence can strengthen your case. Providing a clear and compelling case to support your claims enhances its value.
  • Quality legal representation. Having an experienced and skilled Columbus personal injury attorney could positively impact the worth of your case. At Soroka & Associates we know how to present the full extent of your injuries to a jury (when applicable), and we know how to advocate for a more just award when negotiating with insurance companies.

What can decrease the worth of my Columbus car accident case?

Just as there are factors that increase the worth of your car accident case, there are also factors that can potentially decrease the worth of your car accident case. Common elements that might reduce the overall value of a case include:

  • Comparative fault. If you are found to be partially at fault for the accident, it can diminish the overall value of your case. The state of Ohio follows a modified comparative negligence law, which means that if you are in a car accident, and you are found to be more than 50% at fault for the accident, then you cannot recover any losses from the accident.
  • Pre-existing injuries or conditions. If you had pre-existing injuries or medical conditions that are unrelated to the accident, it may be challenging to attribute those damages solely to the car accident. Insurance adjusters may argue that the accident did not directly cause those specific injuries.
  • Delay in seeking medical treatment. A delay in seeking medical treatment after the accident can be used to argue that your injuries were not severe or urgent. Insurance companies may question the causal link between the accident and your injuries.
  • Statute of limitations. Failing to file a lawsuit within the specified statute of limitations can result in the loss of your right to seek compensation. The statute of limitations in Ohio for filing a personal injury lawsuit based on negligence is two years after the date of the accident.

The role of insurance in a Columbus car accident

If you’re like most folks, you have a car insurance policy. Your car insurance is there to protect you if you cause an accident. When someone else causes the accident, the claim goes throughout their policy. In some cases, your award may be limited by the insurance policy, but not always. In some instances, it is possible to exceed policy limits, and if there are multiple liable parties, you are able to recover from each liable party. This is one reason why you want an attorney on your side; these types of cases can be complicated, and trying to handle it on your own if you have no legal experience can be a real challenge.

You’ll note, however, that we said “most,” not “all.” About 15% of Ohio’s drivers are uninsured, and the largest percentage of them are driving in Franklin and Cuyahoga Counties. If you are hit and injured by an uninsured driver, then you put your claim in through your own insurance. We can assist with this as well. In our experience, no insurance companies want to pay out claims – even to their own policyholders – so it never hurts to have a little legal muscle on your side.

At Soroka & Associates, our team of experienced Columbus car accident attorneys is dedicated to providing exceptional legal assistance to individuals navigating the aftermath of a car accident. Our attorneys understand the complexities of personal injury law in Ohio and are committed to advocating for the rights of accident victims. When someone else’s negligence causes your injuries, our skilled attorneys are here to guide you through every step of the legal process. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your options, call our Columbus office or fill out our contact form.  We proudly serve clients throughout central Ohio.