Rear-End 18 Wheeler Crash with Personal Injuries...

by Denise
(Beaumont, TX, USA)

In this 18 wheeler crash, a person was rear-ended at a red light by a tractor trailer, sustained a slipped disc, and under went surgery.

How does a jury decide what amount of money is to be given in a personal injury case like this?

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ANSWER for "Rear-End 18 Wheeler Crash with Personal Injuries...":

In a jury trial, information including that of medical experts, is presented to them. These medical experts will discuss the treatment, whether it was necessary, the cost, the disability (if any) and the likelihood of recovery, for example. The attorney will want to stress the cost of treatment and this figure will be used to come to a settlement figure.

Lets assume the surgery was $10,000 -- a skilled attorney will be seeking many times this amount because trial is very expensive. You have to pay experts, jury fees, etc. and these things cost money.

The attorney has to gauge whether it is worth it to take it this far and to be honest, most cases don't go to trial or they settle "on the courthouse steps" as they say.

If you are facing trial, hopefully your counsel has advised you of the pros and cons. If you lose in trial for example, you can be stuck with the bills of your experts.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from an attorney licensed in your state. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here, or call (888) 647-2490.

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Judge Calisi

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