What is my wrongful termination case worth?

Mar 8, 2023 — by Chris Olsen
Tags: Civil Action Damages Value Of Case Value Of Damages Harm

This is one of the most common questions that our clients ask us and it is one of the most difficult questions to answer. We cannot provide you with an exact value for your potential wrongful termination case without additional information. The value of a wrongful termination case can depend on various factors, including the specific circumstances of the termination, the amount of damages you are seeking, and the strength of the evidence supporting your claim.

In general, potential damages in a wrongful termination case may include:

  1. Lost wages and benefits: This includes the amount of money you would have earned from the time of termination to the time of trial, as well as the value of any lost benefits such as health insurance or retirement benefits.

  2. Emotional distress: If you experienced emotional distress as a result of the termination, you may be able to seek compensation for this harm.

  3. Punitive damages: In some cases, a court may award punitive damages if the employer's conduct was particularly egregious or malicious.

We commonly tell people that there are two fundamental moments when your case has certain value: 1) when a judge, jury, or arbitrator determines the damages value; or 2) when a defendant agrees to pay a certain amount in an exchange for dismissal of a civil action. What that amount may be will depend on the case, the evidence that supports the causes of action and the evidence that may support any defenses. 

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