What is my case worth?

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At Shlesinger & deVilleneuve every motor vehicle case that we see is unique, and no two people suffer the exact same injuries or damages. One person may be able to return to work in a few months while another may be permanently disabled. Yet another may have been killed in the crash and it is the loved ones who are left behind to mourn and suffer. We examine every case and get your unique set of facts. While no two cases are alike there are certain categories that can provide a framework to answer the question posed above.

Medical Expenses

The first category that determines what a case is worth is the amount of medical expenses. The types of medical expenses include, but are not limited to, ambulance and emergency room fees, hospital costs, doctor and surgeon costs, and the estimated costs of these expenses including physical therapy in the future.

The magnitude of your injuries can vary from minor to catastrophic, and from temporary to permanent. Injuries could be as minor as contusions and bruises to as severe as paralysis or brain injuries. In addition, some serious injuries to the head, neck and back, and other internal injuries, may not present symptoms and pain for days, weeks or even months after an accident. It is imperative that you have a thorough medical examination after a motor vehicle accident no matter how “OK” you feel.

Lost Income

Another factor in determining the potential value of your case is the amount of money that you lost from being out of work as a result of your accident. If you are permanently disabled, you may be entitled to a lump sum based on your earnings capacity going forward. In addition to income, your expected contributions to your retirement plan is taken into consideration when calculating lost income.

Pain and Suffering

It is not uncommon for a person to suffer pain for the rest of their lives as a result of a motor vehicle accident. Pain and suffering range from a lifetime of back aches all the way to life-changing paralysis. Even a minor back pain could cause one to have to give up outdoor activities that were once enjoyed and can be factored into the calculation. The surviving family member can include the loss of affection and companionship if a loved one was killed or eventually dies as a result of the accident.

Shlesinger & deVilleneuve Attorneys, P.C. have handled thousands of cases representing those seeking damages stemming from their involvement in motor vehicle accidents in throughout the state of Oregon. Please give us a call today to schedule an appointment to see how much your individual case may be worth. There is no cost or obligation, and never an upfront fee. Our fees are deferred and contingent upon the successful settlement or court outcome of your case.

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