Understanding Settlements

People who have personal injury claims would like to know what kind of settlement amounts they can expect to receive. I have been handling these cases for over 25 years and have settled or argued hundreds of personal injury cases. There is no set amount one can win for a certain type of case. Unfortunately, no simple formula exists to find out how much your claim is worth.

The value of the case is largely determined when the insurance company’s adjuster and your attorney try to predict what a jury will award you. They do this after all the evidence is reviewed and each side has determined the strength of your testimony and that of your witnesses.  We then try to come to an agreement, with your permission, as to what the settlement amount will be. Without an attorney, the insurance company will try to convince you that your claim isn’t worth much. A personal injury attorney knows, from a broad range of experience, what amount of money is a “good settlement” for you.  We also have negotiating skills and the threat of a lawsuit. It is in our interest to get the highest amount possible because our fee is a percentage of the amount of your settlement.

For example, how much you could receive for a back injury can depend upon many factors such as:

  • Severity of the injury,
  • How bad the impact of the car crash was,
  • Length of treatment for the injury,
  • Amount of permanent tissue or nerve damage that resulted,
  • How much work was missed and how much pay was lost,
  • How the injury affected the your lifestyle,
  • What kind of career the you had, and if it was permanently lost due to the injuries.

Other factors impact the settlement amount such as who was at fault in the accident,  the amount of the insurance policy, and whether there was any permanent scarring or disfigurement.

Over the course of my career, I have represented people involved in many different types of cases.  I have taken many cases to trial, and I have successfully represented clients in binding arbitration.  The path to the resolution of your case is often unpredictable and one which you would not want to take without an experienced attorney to quide and advise you along the way.  The Law Offices of Sherrill P. Cline is committed to providing you with individualized attention and advice so that you know when you are getting the best settlement.