It is very difficult to assess the value of an injury claim right after an accident. That’s because we don’t know how serious the injuries are, nor do we know how much medical treatment our client is going to need. What we can tell you is that the value of most cases comes from three components: the amount of your medical bills, your lost wages, and an additional amount for pain and suffering. The medical treatment needs to be reasonable and necessary, and if you have lost wages, your disability needs to be documented by your doctor and the missed earnings need to be documented by your employer. It is very difficult to place a specific dollar amount on your pain and suffering. Both the insurance company and your attorney will estimate this value based on their expectation of how a jury would value your pain and suffering if your case ever went to trial.