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DAVID E. RAPOPORT: Lawyers figure out the value of a case by taking into account the law that applies to the case, also the evidence in the case and the community values of the jurors who will be called upon to decide the case if the case is tried. All of that is used in order to figure out a fair settlement value.
[GRAPHIC: The value of a case depends on many factors, including the law, evidence and values in the community that the case is tried.]
DAVID E. RAPOPORT: This is a complicated thing to do. It requires specialized legal training that most people with a claim do not have. The nice thing is that trial lawyer consultations are free. A person doesn’t need to figure out whether theirs is a case that should or shouldn’t have a trial lawyer. They should talk to trial lawyers.
Someone doesn’t need a lawyer if they can keep more money without a lawyer than they’re likely to get with one. Sometimes the case value is so small that the cost of winning the case to the insurance company is more than the cost of the insurance company getting that case off the books.
The kind of case that people clearly need lawyers for are cases involving substantial injuries or wrongful death. The insurance companies have great motive to either unfairly deny or underpay claims like that. And it’s highly likely that you’ll need professional help.