To get some idea of what a case is worth, attorneys consult databases of past jury verdicts.
Usually a combination of:
the relevant table from the JVR Personal Injury Handbooks - KF1256.A8 P477
will be sufficient to get a good idea of potential verdict amounts. The JVR Personal Injury Handbooks have tables for each bodily injury, showing amounts of medical expenses (specials) and corresponding average verdicts nationwide. Medical expenses are typically a good indicator of the verdict amount.
For patrons who do not have Lexis or Westlaw passwords, Casemaker is available at the public terminals and print or free Internet sources may be used.
WestlawNext - Click on Jury Verdicts and Settlements (Under the All Content tab), and at the bottom is a list of topics, such as labor and employment, environmental law, etc.
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