A: With respect to most cases the truthful answer is “no.” The reason for this is that there are many, many factors that go into determining the value of a claim. Some of these factors are: how much time you have missed from work, whether you are likely to miss work in the future, or whether your injuries will require a change in your occupation, what future medical care you are reasonably certain to need and whether your injury is of a type that could likely get progressively worse over time.
Once you are through your healing period and many of these factors are known and your prognosis is known, an experienced personal injury attorney can give you a fairly accurate range into which your case will likely fall. Ahead of this time, however, when many of the factors are yet unknown, it is much more difficult to determine the range within which your case will likely settle. Some attorneys will suggest a rather large figure to you when they first meet with you. This is usually just an attempt to impress you and get you to hire the attorney. Be very wary if this ever happens to you.