It’s been some time since the numbers have been crunched, but periodically, the Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics accumulates data on a national basis showing the value of, and chances of winning a personal injury lawsuit.
They provide local numbers as well. The last national report was done in 2005, so another should be out shortly. The numbers show that, in a civil claim, a plaintiff has slightly better odd of winning than if someone flipped a coin. Plaintiffs prevailed in 56% of the some 26,000 trials analyzed.
An effective personal injury attorney may be able to tip the scales in your favor. You may want to consider employing an experienced personal injury litigator, rather than relying on the laws of chance.
The more interesting numbers show that the median award, to those that won their tort [e.g. negligence] case was $24,000. The significant thing about a median is that there are just as many numbers above it as below it. Applied to this study, it means that of the people that won, half received a total award, prior to deductions for attorney’s fees, costs, and they like, of $24,000, or less.
An effective personal injury lawyer may be able to ensure that your claim falls on the right side of that median.
A lot of people would be shocked when they hear that they’ve got about a 50% chance of winning, and, if they do, a 50% change of getting more than $25,000. Of course every case is different, and no one suggests that if you suffer a severe injury with a $100,000 in medical bills that you have only a 25% chance of winning $25,000. But those are the way the numbers crunch out, across all claims, nationwide, on average.