Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Fifty Times Value Multiplier, Is This Possible?

I resolved two cases last week.  The first case my client had $6,000.00 in medical expenses.  The second case my client has $17,500 in medical expenses.  The first case resolved for $300,000.00.  The second case resolved for $27,500.  You read that right.  The first case resolved for fifty times the medicals.  How can that happen?

As a lawyer I often hear "my uncle told me my case is worth three times the medicals."  That may have been applicable in 1960.  It isn't now. A case is worth 1) what a jury will pay or 2) what an insurance company will pay and 3) what your lawyer can get for you and 4) what you are happy taking. We usually don't get to #1 unless an insurance company is significantly undervaluing your claim.

There are also lawyers advertising "get three times more money."  That's a separate issue.  They are saying you will get more with a lawyer than without a lawyer.  They are right.

By the way, if you are curious, the fifty times medicals case involved a serious injury.    I know I did my best to get my client all the money that was available, and did, and hopefully that will ease some of the difficulty she has to deal with on account of her injury.

This week I resolved two other cases cases.  The first one the insurance company offered me $9,000.00 before a lawsuit.  That case resolved for $20,000.00 today.  The second one the insurance company made offers of 5, 7.5, 12, 13.5, 15.5 telling me that was top, and then $20,000.00.  All of these cases resolved for what they were worth from the get go.  It just takes some work to get there.

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