People often want to know how much their personal injury claim is worth. Atlanta motorcycle accident attorney Richard Griffin explains that there are a lot of different factors, but the extent of the injury is a big one. One example is William Corley and Michelle Corley v. Floyd County Medical Services and Charles Thaxton, No. 13CV-00105-KFL002. In this recent motorcycle accident case in Floyd County that resulted in a jury verdict of $8.6 million dollars for a motorcyclist who suffered a leg injury that required an amputation.
What was the basis of this verdict of over $8.6 million?
- Past medical treatment = $422,000
- Future medical treatment =$2,000,000
- past lost earnings = $178,000
- past pain and suffering = $5,500,000
The jury heard testimony that the personal injury claimant would always walk with a limp, he would always suffer from a great deal of pain while walking on his prosthesis, and would have to take it off and use a wheelchair every night. This resulted in pain and suffering from the jury of $5,500,000. The prosthetic leg would have to be replaced every 3 to 5 years for a projected cost of $2,000,000.
Every case is different and other important factors in determining the value of a personal injury claim include:
- type and extent of the injury
- did the treatment involve injections and surgeries
- type and cost of the past and future medical treatment
- extent of permanent injury and permanent impairment
- extent of disrupti0n to the claimant’s life (negative impact)
- extent and intensity of the pain
- did the defendant’s conduct create punitive damage exposure?
- does your motorcycle accident attorney have a high degree of skill and experience
To find out what your case is worth from an Atlanta personal injury lawyer, you can call the Griffin Law Firm at 877-PAIN-LAW (877-724-6529), or you can use the below PAIN LAW Settlement Calculator: