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$2.15 Million March 26, 2009

Posted by Attorney Jonathan Groth in FAQ Personal Injury, Personal Injury Law.
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You don’t want to be a $2.15 million victim.

I’ll get a call once in a while from someone who sees a television ad from a certain law firm(s).  The question or comment goes something like this, “That guy on tv is a client of Attorney X and he got  $500,000.00.  I’m hurt, if you can’t get me $500,000.00 then I’ll just go to Attorney X.”

My usual response is you don’t want to be that $500,000.00 client. And, depending on the type of injuries a jury would not award that amount of money no matter who your attorney is.

It is always odd to talk about the value of an injury.  Only the victim truly knows the effects of her/his injury.  Our system of civil justice uses money as a way to compensate victims for pain, suffering, lost wages, inconvenience and medical expenses.

A $500,000.00 case means you are very seriously injured.

It’s important to talk with a lawyer about what the law allows a victim to recover.   Not all cases are the same.  I think it is a little misleading to put someone on television who looks as healthy as can be and say that that person received a very large settlement.  Especially, when the fine print on the screen says “actor portrayal” or something like that.

For example, I recently settled a claim for $2.15 million dollars.  The victim was a young boy who lost his arm in a collision.  The at-fault driver stole her grandmother’s car and went for a joy ride.  A residual of Cocaine was found in her system after the crash.  Also, she was not on certain drugs that were prescribed to her.  The settlement included compensatory and punitive damages.

Anyone reading this would NOT want to be that victim.

Do your research before hiring an attorney.  Hire an attorney based upon a referral, research and a long conversation about the claim.

If you have questions about the value of your claim feel free to contact me at 800-950-9882.  I’d be happy to discuss your situation.

www.jonpgroth.com

Jon Groth is a Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney handling cases throughout Wisconsin and most recently in Cascade, Lomira, Janesville and Wauwatosa.

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