Compensation in a civil case is meant to provide monetary compensation to make the injured individual whole. The value of a case depends on several factors including the strength of liability, the significance of the injuries, and the amount of out of pocket losses suffered. An injury that requires surgery or results in a permanent limitation or disability increases the value of a case whereas an injury for which no surgery is necessary and results in a smooth recovery would have a lower value. The out of pocket expenses incurred for such things as medical expenses, is also an important factor in determining the full value of a claim.