Is There a Formula to Determine an Accident Settlement?
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There is no such thing as a formula settlement because there are no formula plaintiffs. There is no settlement calculator. There is no magic equation of “x times specials” that determines the proper settlement amount.
If you have come to this website looking for an exact value for your claim, you will be disappointed. You cannot find that information here or anywhere else online and any lawyer that suggests otherwise does not understand civil tort cases. But we do have more information here to help you better understand the value of your case than you find anywhere else online.
It may be that the appropriate amount for settlement is some multiple of the special damages, but that is a mere coincidence. A settlement that works is because it is fair based on what you went through from the accident - your pain, your suffering, your bills - not because it is the result of some pre-ordained mathematical formula.
In some accidents, three times medical bills and lost wages (called together "specials") is an awful settlement; in others, it is fantastic. This is how it should be. The idea that you can use some multiplier of the medical bills to determine how much money a judge or jury would award simply makes no sense.
If you have a vehicle collision claim in Maryland, let us tell you what our law firm does: we fight. Our record of success demonstrates this. We handle only serious injury cases. If you want to discuss your claim with us, call 800-553-8082 or you can get free on-line consultation. Regrettably, we can only take serious injury or wrongful death claims. If you call us with a compelling whiplash or soft tissue injury, we will be glad to talk to you. But we are unlikely to take your claim.
Why Formula Talk Actually Decreases the Value of Your Case
Attorneys trying to get the best compensation possible for their clients need to avoid the temptation to engage in the slippery slope of talking to insurance adjusters in "___ times specials" terms. Why? Because there is no formula to calculate settlement value. A traffic collision case is worth what a judge or jury would give the Plaintiff and there are about 10 variables far more important to this calculus than any settlement calculator or formula.
Insurance adjusters deal with a lot of lawyers, some who know exactly what they are doing and others who do not have a clue how to properly position an accident case to maximize the value of that case. When attorneys use formula talk, they are telegraphing to the claims adjuster that you are looking at your client as simply a number that is a part of a formula, not a person. Attorneys that talk in "times specials" math like there is some theorem are not the same advocates that read and evaluate the medical records... or take cases to a jury.
Sure, in very small whiplash injury type cases, a formula will be correct in many of these claims. Still, even in those small soft tissue whiplash type cases, tossing around formulas will send a loud message to the adjuster that will forever mark the lawyer as an inexperienced advocate who is not able to fight the fight their clients need. This makes for a smaller settlement offer in this case and the next one.
Settlement Formulas in Disguise
One thing insurance companies - thinking particularly of Nationwide [see here] and State Farm Insurance [see here] - have been doing of late is pitching offers in terms of how much more they are paying than the medical bills and lost wages. Someone smart came up with this because it is like calling something $9.99 instead of $10.00. It just sounds more palatable to say, "We are offering $50,000 more than the special damages" than saying "this offer is 1.8 times the medical bills plus lost wages." But, really, it is the same thing as a monetary compensation formula.
Is There a Way to Figure Out the Value of My Case?
More Settlement Information
You are not going to find the exact value of your case on-line. But we do have resources that explain how cases are valued and the average settlement values for different types of cases and different types of injuries. But use this information carefully. There are a lot of variables at play and there may be reasons why your case is worth much more - or much less - than these statistics suggest. The take home message is clear: average settlement value data is great but it will not calculate your settlement for you and does not take the place of a professional analysis of your case.
Also keep in mind that many times, the insurance company will believe you are entitled to a full payout of their entire policy. But unless they know you can file a lawsuit - which almost invariably means retaining counsel - they have little incentive to make a fair offer for your injuries.
Finding a Lawyer for Your Serious Injury Case
Our attorneys look at cases on the merits of each case. We handle only serious injury claims for a relatively small number of clients who really need our help. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury or wrongful death as the result of the negligence of someone else, we would be glad to talk to you about your case to see if we believe we can add real value to your claim. Call our lawyers at 800-553-8082 or get a free Internet consultation.
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