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Published on July 23, 2008 By Jythier In Business Experiences

As part of my job, I now get to read about every case in my area that is filed.  This is for marketing purposes, so we can pick out which cases have damages worth calculating and which ones don't, so we can market to the attorneys.

There's just so many of them!

The thing is, people have disagreements all the time.  People solve those disagreements on their own all the time, without involving lawyers.

It's astonishing to think that so many people have such large disagreements that it's worth bring someone to court over it.  Why can't people only expect money when they're really owed it?  Why can't people pay what they owe without having to be told by a court to do it?

I just don't know.

The only people making any money on your inability to come to a reasonable agreementare lawyers and damage experts, such as myself. 

As a damage expert, nothing makes me happier than a out-of-court settlement because of a well-written, persuasive, researched report we release to the other side that tells them they have no case.  So far this has happened to me once.  The other side dropped the loss of earnings portion of the claim and just went with the medical bill side, which they were owed anyway.

We were able to prove, using records provided to us, that not only did he make as much money now as he did before his auto accident, but he was even exceeding those earnings. 

We know what we're talking about, and we have the piece of paper you gave us to back it up.

on Jul 24, 2008

I have never understood the sue happy philosophy either.   I suppose I could see if you truly believe someone was negligent and might harm other people, sueing them.  It just seems like there are many frivolous, unnecessary lawsuits.  I'm just wondering what percentage you think actually have merit?

on Jul 24, 2008
I honestly can't give you a percentage. I'm sure some of them have merit, but most of the time, if something has merit, everyone knows it and it could more easily be taken care of outside of the court system. Though some people just feel the need to file suit and then talk.

My office handles a lot of tough cases, and cases with no merit. But we also handle a lot where the difference is just in the dollars claimed vs. what we calculate.

I don't think frivilous lawsuits are nearly as big a problem as it's made out to be - most frivilous lawsuits are probably dismissed right away anyway, and end up just being filing fees in the pockets of the court.
on Jul 24, 2008
Look at it this way - it is Job security!
on Jul 27, 2008
Recessions apparently don't affect lawyers and forensic specialists quite the same way...
on Jul 28, 2008
Recessions apparently don't affect lawyers and forensic specialists quite the same way...

Lawyers make their own work - they pass new stupid laws!