Expectations are your Worst Enemy

Before you start thinking about what your North Carolina injury case is worth, consider what you’re basing your expectations on.

If you’re basing your expectations on what you WANT your case to be worth, that’s not a good foundation. Neither is what your Uncle Fred settled his case for in 1997. You might also be surprised to find out that the internet pretty much has no idea what it’s talking about. I could go on and on as to what NOT to base your claim value on…

But that begs the question: What SHOULD you base your claim value on? Well, if you hired a seasoned personal injury attorney with over 2 decades in this business (such as myself) then you should probably just trust what he has to say. There are TONS of factors to consider in valuing a case, including but not limited to: Venue, liability, causation concerns, potential legal defenses to liability, pre-existing conditions, objective v. subjective injuries, prior case settlements, prior verdicts, medical expenses, insurance coverage questions, liens, permanency of injury…and that’s just to name the main ones, not all of them!

If you’re not intimately familiar with the meaning and nuances of everything on that list (and then some), please do not be offended when I say that you are not the best source of an opinion as to the value of your case. Nor is your Uncle Fred.

Look. I get it. At the end of the day, resolving injury claims can solely be done via monetary reward, so whether we like it or not, it is about the money. So you’re certainly entitled to be curious as to what your case is worth. You can also have whatever opinion you want as to your own case value. But the point of this particular writing is this: Your expectations can really throw you for a loop in these situations, so the best advice I can give you as a personal injury is to throw your expectations out the window. They have no place here. You’ll never be on the jury hearing your case, so your opinion is not going to be relevant in the case evaluation. If you want to know what your case should be worth, ask an experienced North Carolina personal injury attorney and listen to their advice. And if you form an opinion without that advice, don’t be upset when your expectations are met because they probably simply aren’t realistic.

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