Kim’s Blog

Evaluating &
Settling Soft
Tissue Cases

If you’re going to make one change in 2019, it should be in evaluating settling your soft tissue cases.  Attorneys have been telling us for years, “I know what soft tissue cases are worth.”  What you really know is how much you’ve been settling them for. If you looked at settlements from thousands of your peers and saw the numbers were significantly different than yours, wouldn’t you want to make a change?  For plaintiff’s counsel, this could create a huge difference to your bottom line in 2019.

When Medical
Bills Aren’t The
Primary Value Driver

Conventional wisdom suggests a reasonable settlement reflects a certain ratio of medical bills to the resolution amount.  Often we hear comments such as, “No one could’ve predicted that the the jury would’ve given him 17 times the meds.” As part of our daily negotiations, attorneys, adjusters and mediators ask, “What are the meds so far?”  This is often a starting point for negotiation and perhaps rightfully so in cases with relatively common injuries and treatment, but how do we evaluate a wide variety of cases with very low special damages?

How Plaintiff’s Attorneys
Use CaseMetrix

  When you’re deciding whether to take a particular case, let CaseMetrix take a look at the facts so you & your potential client will have the most objective view possible in determining whether to pursue the case at all. If we see a number of...

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How Defense Attorneys
Use CaseMetrix

I was an insurance defense paralegal for most of my 27 years working in law firms.  My least favorite part of the job was ghostwriting those 30, 60 and 90-day reports telling insurers what I thought a jury would say in 3 years if we...

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The History
of CaseMetrix –
Part 2

Exactly how do you start a legal database company?   I had no idea.   I was proofing a brief in my car at St. Pius while waiting to pick up Merricks from track practice when I received an email from a stranger named Alan Pershing.  He said he...

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