There is no simple, universal formula that allows us to put a price tag on injury, pain, and suffering. Rather, at Zalman, Schnurman & Miner P.C. we rely on our experience in handling injury cases of all kinds to enable us to form an expectation as to what your case might be worth. This experience is crucial in order to ensure that your case will not be settled out of court for less than it is worth in court.
There aren't any hard and fast rules, nor are there any magical mathematical equations to derive an exact number for your damages. To determine the worth of your injuries, an attorney in our firm will calculate your lost income, medical expenses and property damage. In addition, we will meet with you to discuss in detail the nature of your pain and suffering, mental anguish or emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of consortium, and lost opportunities. When appropriate, we will seek the help of medical specialists and employment specialists to assist in proving the nature and extent of your damages.
In addition we will use our expertise to assess a number of other relevant factors, such as the degree of the defendant's liability, the nature of the injury, your credibility to jurors, the defendant's credibility, your age, and whether there are any witnesses who will support your claims and the credibility of those witnesses.
The formulas serve merely as guidelines. Every case is different, and, as a result, every outcome is different. Though we can never guarantee that a certain set of facts will result in a certain amount of damages, we can guarantee that we will vigorously pursue every avenue of recovery available to you in order to maximize the amount of compensation that you will receive.