Academy of Chiropractic Personal Injury & Primary Spine Care Program

Quickie Consult 120

From the Desk of Dr. Mark Studin
Academy of Chiropractic
Preamble: Many of the issues I bring to you are very small, yet each issue is just that, an issue. If you take care of the small issues, then you will be able to build and more importantly, focus on the bigger issues...a larger practice and more family time.

"Settlement Amounts"

I received a very good question this morning from one of our clients:


Hi Dr. Mark,

Things are going well with my PI practice here in Guam. The quickie consults, as well as the med-legal fliers, are working well. In fact, I am about to open a second office on the other side of the island (as per the request of two attorneys). The attorneys I work with are pleased with my reports and my cases settle quickly.

One of the attorneys that I work with quite a bit asked me if I could find out what typical PI cases are settling for on the mainland U.S.

I know there is probably a very big variance from case to case, but would you have an idea of a range of averages or where I might find such information? Thanks, Steve Arthur, Guam


My response was:

Steve...I have made it a policy for 30 years to never ask lawyers about how much their settlements are. It has nothing to do with my practice and I never want to get into that conversation. You should adopt that same policy. Keep to the "medicine" and not the money. It's like the government; church and state should never collide because it will bite you in the butt in a very short amount of time!


I have learned through the years that the only time I get into trouble is when I go beyond the scope of my responsibility and this clearly is. Lawyers will respect you much more if you are the best at what you do and let them do their jobs.

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