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Did I “Win” My Personal Injury Case?

Every few minutes, lawyer advertisements about “winning” flood the radio, television, and publications. Despite this persistent use of the term “win,” many have an inaccurate understanding of what it means in a personal injury case. Since injuries are so common, it is important to understand what qualifies as a “win” in your personal injury case.

Wins —successful outcomes for clients—vary according to each case’s unique clients, facts, injuries, and laws. For example, Client A may prefer a faster settlement over the largest possible recovery. Client B, on the other hand, may only feel comfortable with a jury trial. Client C, having the same injury as Client B, may have a higher case value because a DUI driver injured him.

To win your case, your lawyer will be required to reasonably prove your damages (physical, monetary, and emotional losses). Therefore, your lawyer must accurately and persuasively document your struggles. Video statements, diaries, photos, affidavits — all are powerful devices to show a jury how damaged you are. There is a direct relationship between your amount of recovery and documentation. To maximize your recovery, whether through a settlement or jury trial, you must remember that success is driven by what your lawyer can prove or admit into evidence at trial.

Wins should strive to accomplish these things, among others. First, wins compensate you based on verdicts and settlements of cases involving similar facts in the county where your lawyer would go to trial. Second, wins compensate you for reasonable medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering that your lawyer has demonstrated. Overall, your wins, through money, restore you to your position before your injury—no more, no less. Each case is different; so please consult with your lawyer about its facts.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT “WINS” IN PERSONAL INJURY CASES, CALL THE MANCE LAW GROUPAT 912.574.4LAW (4529).



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