If you have been fired by your employer and a Los Angeles wrongful termination attorney told you that you have a right to sue your employer, it makes sense to wonder how much your wrongful termination case is worth.
Here at The Rager Law Firm, our skilled lawyers receive this question in multiple variations all the time:
These questions are tricky to answer without knowing all facts in your particular case. That’s because each case is unique, and there are many factors that must be taken into account before determining the value of your wrongful termination claim.
“More often than not, courts will look into the damages suffered by an employee to determine the value of your wrongful termination settlement in California,” says our experienced wrongful termination attorney in Los Angeles. “Thus, in order to know how much you should settle for wrongful termination, loss of income and benefits (from the date you were wrongfully terminated from your job) and emotional distress damages, especially if your firing was based on harassment or discrimination, will be calculated to determine the value of your claim.”
Most of the time, wrongful termination cases are settled out of court, because wrongfully terminated employees and their employers understand that settlement out of court is often the best option for both parties. After all, a trial could go both ways, as they are quite unpredictable (which is the risk each party has to assume when going to court).
“But is it worth filing a wrongful termination lawsuit against your employer as opposed to settling out of court? Can I get larger compensation through a court verdict?” you may be wondering.
Well, you might.
While the average settlement for wrongful termination cases in California is around $40,000, the average value of a court verdict in wrongful termination cases is slightly larger, around $45,000 (but do keep in mind that attorney fees for legal representation in a wrongful termination trial will skyrocket, too).
The average wrongful termination settlement varies from one case to another and depends on whether you are legally represented by a lawyer or not. You may be able to settle for more than $40,000 if you are represented by a Los Angeles wrongful termination attorney.
In addition to the above-mentioned factors, the average case value of a wrongful termination case also depends on:
Do keep in mind, however, those federal laws in the U.S. limit the amount of punitive and compensatory damages in wrongful termination cases. They cannot exceed $50,000 – $300,000 depending on the size of your employer’s business and other factors. However, punitive damages are not awarded in every case – wrongful termination cases that are not awarded punitive damages can still result in major jury verdict amounts.
We are hesitant to put a calculator online that would “estimate” how much your wrongful termination claim in California may be worth. As we mentioned above, wrongful termination claims must be handled on a case-by-case basis. To put a wrongful termination settlement calculator online would inevitably give unreliable numbers.
At The Rager Law Firm, we want to discuss your case with you and analyze the facts before trying to determine what the wrongful termination case settlement amount may be.
If you or someone you know has been wrongfully terminated by an employer in California, please reach out to the team at The Rager Law Firm today. We have extensive experience handling these cases, and we have the resources necessary to take your claim all the way to trial if necessary. Let our Los Angeles wrongful termination lawyer estimate the value of your particular case. Contact The Rager Law Firm for a free case evaluation. Call at 310-527-6994.
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