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Bar-room talk

In my younger years I spent a lot of time in bar-rooms, and loved every minute of it. I went to college in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and there was a tavern on every corner. Beer was cheap too. Fortunately there came a time when my life didn’t involve around the bar scene. This coincided with the time I started to have kids, as it does with most folks.

I’m not against it, but for me it wasn’t the best place to be. I know when I visited Ireland, the pub life was vibrant and a lot of fun. It’s part of the social scene. We ate there, listened to good music, and chatted with the locals. Done right, pub life can be tremendous. My friends and I still talk about the stories, and some of them are even fit for public consumption.

Long before I became an injury lawyer, and going back to my days growing up in Lowell, Mass., the old mill city, we had an expression for a lot of the big talk you heard in the pubs. We called it “rag-time.” I’m not sure why, but the point was that lots of what was said was just talk, lacking substance and meaning. To be blunt, there has never been a better definition than: “bullshit,” good old-fashioned, unadulterated ” BS.”

That stuff seems to go hand-in-hand with pub life.

In the injury law business you hear lots of it because somebody always knows somebody who heard that somebody else had the same kind of injury, made an insurance claim, and got whatever kind of result– usually very high or very low.

If you have any question on what an injury is worth, talk with an expert, not just some BS artist. Listen to everybody but keep it all in perspective.

I can tell you that no two cases, no matter how similar, are ever worth the same. It is not a scientific process where you plug numbers into a formula and get a case value.

It’s not that easy. Every injury victim is different. The same injury will affect people differently. Every insurance company is different, and within every insurance company is a different claim’s adjuster who has a different perspective. Every juror is different. Every judge is different. Every jury is different.

Evaluating a personal injury case is more of an art, than a science.

Talk with someone who’s been around the block a few times, because he probably knows the bar-room talk too.

Keep your strength.

Charlie Donahue
injury lawyer
Keene, N.H.

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