Why can’t we use the outcome of a past case to predict the result in a current or future case? The reason is because the outcome of a case depends on factors and variables, most of which are outside of our control, and those factors and variables will be different in each case. For example, suppose a jury awards someone $12,000.00. How did the jury arrive at that number? Well, those jurors relied on the facts of the case, their own personal life experiences, the judge’s instructions about the law, their common sense (hopefully), their education (or lack thereof), and other intangible factors including their biases and prejudices, to make their decision. The next case will involve twelve different jurors, each with different life experiences, biases, prejudices, viewpoints, as well as different lawyers, different facts, and different law. No two cases can ever be exactly alike; therefore, it is impossible to predict the outcome of a case by relying solely on the outcome of a different case.
It’s like a football game. Why can’t we predict the final score of today’s football game by relying on the final score of yesterday’s game, 21 to 10? The answer of course is that each game is different, with different players, different coaches, different weather conditions, different plays, different officials, and so on. While today’s game certainly might end in a final score of 21 to 10, that outcome is not made any more likely, or less likely, by the outcome of yesterday’s game.
Because predicting outcomes is impossible, I don’t include dollar amounts on my website. I don’t want you to get the mistaken impression that because one of my cases resulted in a $10,000.00 settlement, your case will also result in a $10,000.00 settlement. The case summaries on my website are simply examples of the types of cases we handle. I chose them for purposes of illustration only and not because of the verdict or settlement amounts because, again, amounts can be misleading and can lead to unrealistic expectations.
I have represented hundreds of injured clients in cases involving injuries ranging from whiplash to wrongful death resulting from tractor-trailer crashes, bicycle collisions, pedestrians killed by careless drivers, motorcycle crashes, and virtually every other type of crash or collision involving a vehicle. Some of those cases ended with jury verdicts, and some ended with settlements. Some cases ended with confidential settlements, which means that neither I nor my clients can discuss the outcome at all. Dollar amounts have ranged from a few hundred dollars to well over a million dollars.
Based on my experience, a client’s best interest is served by having one unselfish, compassionate lawyer who is willing and able to hand-pick and join forces with other lawyers, if necessary, to form a customized “dream-team” for the particular case. Having successfully assembled and worked with many “dream-teams” over the years, I am fortunate to have a network of hundreds of qualified lawyers from which to choose. When you consider the alternatives, I hope you will agree that no other option comes close to my “dream-team” approach.