If you could create a reality TV show around a personal injury lawyer, what do you think people would want to see? Clients getting really large settlements, or clients getting small settlements and personal vindication for their pain?
Lawyers know that people would prefer to see the former and not much of the latter. That is why there are so many personal injury attorney commercials featuring "clients" who garnered hundreds of thousands of dollars for their cases. Are these cases the stuff of legal myths and legends, or are they a true reality show? Here is the skinny on cases that actually garner large compensation amounts.
Wrongful Death Cases
Wrongful death cases top the list of big cash settlements for surviving family members. Because the company or individual that caused the death could have prevented it, and because he/she/it took away a major breadwinner for the family, the guilty company or individual is often forced to pay the survivors enough money to survive on for the next few years. It is also compensation to assuage the family's grief.
Medical malpractice cases that leave patients in comas, dead, or partially to completely paralyzed are the second highest on the list of personal injury lawsuits with large payouts. This is because these patients have lost the quality of life they had before surgery, and are not expected to recover or recover that lost quality of life. They cannot work, and therefore other family may have to stay home to care for the affected patients. This results in a complete loss of income, and financial issues galore.
Criminal negligence is the third highest compensatory payout case type. It means that you have the rock-solid proof that a company knew that a product was dangerous and still marketed it. As a result, you or someone close to you was seriously or fatally hurt by the flawed, defective, or dangerous product when such events could have been prevented by issuing a recall of the products affected. Negligence is very difficult to prove, so these kinds of cases occur less often than the previous two. Still, when the proof exists, personal injury lawyers may take this kind of case on contingency because it means big money for everyone.
Car Accidents and Trucking Accidents
Car accidents and trucking accidents typically share the number four spot for large payouts in personal injury cases. Accidents cause hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars of damage each and every day. Even with auto insurance covering some of the costs, the remaining expenses for car repairs, medical bills, etc., are huge. All of these bills can be lumped together in your request for compensation.
Finally, worker's compensation cases rank as the fifth highest payout case type. The only time this type of case ranks higher is when the injury precedes a death, and then it becomes a criminal negligence or wrongful death case instead. The aim of worker's comp cases is to get the worker's comp insurance to pay out on your work-related injury. You can sue for "x" number of months of pay as well as all of your medical bills and related expenses. You may not get everything you ask for, which is why this type of case ranks lower than the rest.
Big Settlement Myths and Realities
While the above types of personal injury cases do garner big payouts, it is not a regular thing. Very special circumstances must occur before you are entitled to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars. Under those particular circumstances, you would not want to be in those positions. Hence, expect smaller payouts.
For more information, contact companies like Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC.