Online Auto Accident Injury Calculators are Worthless and Fraudulent

Online Auto Accident Injury Calculators are Worthless and Fraudulent

Recently I have seen numerous websites that offer the ability to estimate the value of a client’s personal injury claim during the first consultation with limited information concerning treatment value or the full extent of the injuries sustained. I have long been aware that some of my colleagues offer to be able to do the same for clients during the first meeting.

The idea that an attorney, during the initial consultation with a client and with limited information about injuries and treatment, can accurately predict a settlement value or jury verdict is preposterous. Having practiced personal injury law since 2005, I can assure you that many factors come into play when determining the value of a personal injury claim. Personal injury claims are just that, they are personal.

The only appropriate time to assign a value to a client’s personal injury claim is after the attorney has acquired and read all medical records and bills as well as documentation of lost wages, incidental and consequential damages, and other, softer, more human factors have been evaluated — not via online accident injury calculators. Many times, I have managed claims that, on the medical bills alone, would have been valued quite low, only to have the conduct of the Defendant at the scene of the collision increase the value of the claim many times. When Defendants behave badly, jurors pay attention.

I would recommend that any client who would like to be certain he or she will obtain the highest possible value for a personal injury claim, put their faith, not in an attorney’s ability to speculate, but in the process that an experienced personal injury attorney employs. I tell my clients that working with me will feel a lot like having an attorney.

Frequently Asked Questions

With a contingent-fee agreement, your attorney does not charge a direct, hourly rate or require a set retainer fee. Instead, the attorney receives a percentage of the settlement or verdict as payment. This arrangement allows many injured persons to bring lawsuits that they would otherwise be unable to afford.

Plaza Injury Law is located at 420 Nichols Road in Kansas City, Missouri. We're on the 2nd floor of the building located between Pennsylvania Avenue and Broadway Boulevard on the Country Club Plaza. Both street and garage parking are available.

It’s a good question. However, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to the question when to file a personal injury lawsuit. To put it one way, anytime you have suffered injuries due to someone else’s negligence and you are at risk of not receiving adequate compensation, it is likely you will need to sue in order to be properly compensated.
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