What is my case worth?
AND THE ANSWER IS:
This is the hardest and most often asked question in my practice. Is my case worth pursuing? Can I handle it myself? How much should I expect to recover in the end? How long will it take? Will the insurance company pay my bills and wage loss along the way? Let’s start with a Lawyer Answer: it depends. Every case is different. Some cases do not need a lawyer to get resolved. These are cases with property damage only or ones with only one “get checked out” visit to the ER. Other cases with more serious facts or injuries might need a lawyer. The good thing about CSA-LAW and most contingency fee lawyers is we will sit down with you and tell you if you need to hire an attorney without charge.
As far as how long a case takes to resolve, that also depends on the extent of the injuries, the liability issues, and the difficulty negotiating a reasonable settlement. The only for-sure answer to the above questions is that the insurance company will not “pay as you go” on your case. While they have the money in their account, the pressure is on you to resolve your case more quickly, and the more they earn in interest on that money. So don’t expect the carrier to write you a check upfront and say, “Let’s be friends.”