When a potential client comes into my office, one of the common questions they ask me is, “How much is my case worth?” This informs me that they may have been misinformed about settlement amounts. Some people think that because they were injured in an auto accident that they are going to get a lot of money. They may think that they are going to be taken care of for the rest of their life. This is usually not the case. Accidents are not gifts. They cause serious injuries to their victims.
Cases can be hard to prove
Personal injury cases can be difficult to prove. You not only have to prove that the accident was not your fault, but you have to prove that your injuries were caused by the accident. Also, know that there will be insurance companies trying to dispel all of your claims. If you get over these hurdles, you must then convince the jury that your injuries are worthy of compensation.
When a case is presented to a jury, it is your responsibility to prove liability and damages to the jury by using evidence. Juries in Kentucky have historically been very conservative. In other words, it is difficult to convince them to give a large and fair award for damages unless the injuries are significant. The insurance companies know this. They factor this information into the computer programs they use to determine what the insurance company considers the value of your accident. In other words, what they will settle your accident case for. You must have provable damages to make a recovery.
It’s important to remember that not all accident cases are worth large settlement amounts. Many attorney commercials talk about cases where they settled for a large amount of money, but that doesn’t mean every case they do is that way. Also, no matter how large the settlement amount, it can’t take away your injuries and pain. There is a lot of truth to the old phrase “money can’t buy everything.” There are many out there who would love to buy their pre-accident lives. There are no windfalls.