After a serious, catastrophic car or truck accident, a personal injury settlement or verdict may be in the millions of dollars. However, there is a myth that this amount of money is a windfall to a client. In this video, Philadelphia lawyer Ken Rothweiler explains that this money is used to care for the person, for ongoing medical treatments, to make up for lost wages that the person can no longer earn themselves. So, while a settlement can certainly improve the person’s quality of life, nothing can truly replace what has been lost and this money is only attempting to make the person or family whole again.
Most of the time, you know, people think sometimes that a big award is a windfall. I’ve been practicing 35 years. It’s never been a windfall for any of my clients. And even clients that have been rewarded millions of dollars, those millions of dollars it takes to hire people to take care of my client. It’s not like my client gets a big award and they’re off flying around to Europe. That doesn’t happen. It takes care of them for the rest of their life. So, take somebody that’s say, 25 years old. Well, they might have a life expectant till 85. Well, that means for 60 years, the compensation they get in that courtroom has to take care of them for 60 years. And what I always impress upon a jury is, “they only get one chance in the courtroom.” Only one jury gets to decide their fate. So, I kind of empower the jury and make them understand that: “You are the people that are going to take care of my client for the rest of their life. I don’t have that power. I’m just an advocate. I’m just telling you what their life is about. You make the decision on what the rest of their life is going to be like.” And I think once they feel empowered, that’s how you get the type of award that satisfies a client. For more information go to ERlegal.com.