As you begin to imagine getting a settlement offer, your Baltimore personal injury lawyer can explain factors that may affect the value. Here are two such factors that may have a dramatic impact on your case's value.
The key question in a negligence claim is if you can prove that the defendant was liable, as your Baltimore personal injury lawyer may explain. This question is asked in many negligence claims, including automotive accident cases, product liability cases or slip and fall cases. If the defendant's liability is clear, an attorney from the Baltimore personal injury law firm that is representing you may say that the value of your claim correspondingly increases. However, if this liability is not as clear, the value of your case will instead decline.
Your Baltimore personal injury lawyer can also explain that your case's value will be affected if you are found to be comparatively negligent for it. This means that you did something to contribute to the accident and the injuries that you suffered. If your case proceeds to trial, jurors will be able to determine whether your actions helped lead to the accident. If they find that they did, your award will be reduced by the percentage of the blame that rests on your shoulders. For example, if you were 20 percent responsible, your award of $100,000 would be reduced by 20 percent, or $20,000 in this example.
If you would like to know about other important factors that may affect the value of your case, contact the Law Offices of James Lee Katz, P.A., at (443) 394-0900 or toll-free at (800) 564-7808.