Valuing Personal Injury Cases
On January 23 , 2020 Charles “Ben” Peoples and I made a Webinar presentation to over 100 lawyers and adjusters regarding how to value personal injury claims. During the presentation, the audience was surveyed regarding different issues.
The principles, which were set out , are based upon Judge Ahalt’s 52 years of experience as a trial lawyer (15) and judge (37). As a Judge on the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland, he tried over 1,000 jury trials and handled over 10,000 settlement conferences. For many years, he has tracked all verdicts in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County and published those verdicts to the bar. The verdicts now can be found on the links at the top of the page. The reason that Judge Ahalt originally went to the effort of tracking verdicts was to give the bar a frame of reference as they evaluated cases. Additionally, Judge Ahalt regularly talks to his colleagues in Prince George’s County, and around the state and region in an effort to know if the results in Prince George’s County differ. As discussed in more detail below, they are not markedly different. Judge Ahalt also was very fortunate to have very experienced mentors, colleagues and evaluation experts in Judge Albert Blackwell, Judge Jacob Levin and Judge William McCullough.