How many defendants there are.
It is always important for you to disclose all information surrounding your personal injury to your Attorney. In other words, walk your Attorney through incident. There are a number of reasons why this is important to your potential personal injury claim. One of which is determining how many defendants there are.
Simply put, the more defendants that are identified in your case the more likely it increases the value of your case. It would be easier for three defendants to each pay $50,000, than it would be for one defendant to pay $150,000.
Jill is walking through her favorite neighbor grocery store. All of a sudden Jill slips and falls in a puddle of water. Jill’s fall has caused Jill excruciating back pain. Doctors find that Jill has ruptured a disc in her back and will need surgery to correct the injury. The doctors also inform Jill that she would need several years of physical therapy to get back to her old self.
At the time of the accident there was no wet floor sign. The store had been receiving reports of water accumulating in the exact spot where Jill fell. The air conditioning unit in the store had been malfunctioning for months. The unit was leaking water excessively causing the water puddle. The company that sold the air conditioning unit to the store received information from the manufacture of the unit that there was a faulty part in the air conditioning unit that caused it to leak.
Jill hires an Attorney at Pepper and Odom. During the discovery phase the Attorneys at Pepper and Odom find the following: The store could be held liable because they failed to warn their customers about the puddle of water in the middle of the floor. The company that sold the air conditioning unit to the store could be held liable because they sold the faulty unit to the store. The manufacturer could be held liable because they manufactured the air conditioning unit with faulty part that caused it to leak excessively.
With medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages, Jill’s personal injury case is valued at $360,000. No one defendant wants to be on the hook for the entire $360,000. Due to the experience and negotiating skills of the Attorneys at Pepper and Odom each defendant agrees to the $360,000 settlement, with each defendant paying $120,000.
Why is this important?
Each defendant was willing to pay a third of the settlement, in order to avoid paying for the entire reward. It is likely that suing one defendant for $360,000 would result in a reduction in the settlement reward. This is why it is important to give your Attorney all the information surrounding your personal injury. By not pulling in every possible defendant involved you could be leaving money on the table.
Pepper and Odom Law firm represents victims that have suffered all types of injuries as a result of a personal injury. Our personal injury Attorneys are have the experience and reputation to help during these very difficult times. If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury due to someone else’s negligence, and you want Attorney’s with experience and a great reputation, contact one of our injury Lawyers today at 601-202-1111 in Mississippi or 205-250-1107 in Alabama.
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