You’ve been putting it off for a week now, but today is the day that you try to figure out the proposed amount for your malpractice claim. Between appointments at Suburban, talking to different lawyers, arguing with insurance companies and attempting to manage your pain, assigning values to your suffering has become an almost impossible task.
How exactly can you assign a monetary value to your pain, in order to determine an estimated value for your non-economic damages when you’re currently overwhelmed by the pain itself? What can you do to make it easier on yourself and your claim?
Tiers of Pain and Sacrifice
When estimating an overall compensatory value for your pain, suffering and all other non-economic hardships, it’s best to split them up into tiers ranging from high priority to low value in order to get a better sense of what to expect in a settlement.
- Tier 1: Psychological and physical pain that not only affects your life but your family’s lives as well
- Tier 2: Future problems; decreased quality of life
- Tier 3: Long-term emotional suffering
- Tier 4: Inconvenience
This tier system can also help you put your pain in perspective and allow your lawyer to better argue the overall claim. The best way to do this is to start with major issues for tier 1 (the issues with the most value) and then work down to the minor issues which may not have as much significance. This way your lawyer can argue each tier in order to get you the best settlement amount.
We know how frustrating it can be to wait for a settlement decision, especially when you’re unsure of how much you may be receiving for compensatory damages. Let us help take the worry and uncertainty out of filing your malpractice claim.
Our vast experience and knowledge can not only help you get the best settlement available, but we’ll also walk you through the process step-by-step so you’re not blindsided by the decision. Contact us today for a free consultation and case evaluation. We’ll be waiting for your call.