In typical lawyer fashion, I will answer this important question with: “it depends.” Every case is its own entity and carries with it its own value. The question that really should be asked is ‘how long will my medical treatment last,’ because the law firm cannot begin to negotiate with the insurance company until the client is done with treatment.
The attorney cannot settle or attempt to settle the personal injury claim until the attorney knows the FULL extent of the injuries. In other words, Herrman & Herrman, P.L.L.C., will not know what to demand from the insurance company if we do not know the full injuries of the case. And the attorney would be doing a bad job if he or she negotiated and settled your claim while you were still treating for the collision. The injuries that you get in a car crash are often tied to how severe the collision was. There are some factors that make a claim more valuable:
For example, when a drunk driver causes an accident, the collision is inherently more valuable. The claim is more valuable to jurors because factors such as drunk drivers enrage, anger, and infuriate the members of the jury. The insurance companies know this bit of information and, as a result, the insurance companies are more willing to correctly compensate the victims, our clients.
In Corpus, it is against the law to text and drive or to use your cell phone while driving. As Herrman & Herrman, P.L.L.C., states in the commercials, if you text and drive, you have a BIG problem. Any tickets that are given to the adverse party for inattentive driving or consumption of an illegal drug can enrage the jury and make the claim more valuable.
If you have been hurt due to the negligence of someone else, please call Herrman & Herrman, P.L.L.C., first!