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When many clients first go to see a personal injury lawyer, one question on their minds is “How much is my case worth ?”  To “help” injured people, many firms’ websites have “settlement calculators” so you can figure out the value of your case.  As you may have noticed, my website doe not have one. Why not? Because my website also promises that “you are a name, not a number.

Besides, these gimicky “calculators” are not reliable. They do not take into account many factors which could compromise the value of your case, for example: Did you fail to wear a safety belt?  Were you partly at fault for the accident? If so, how much? Have you had prior injuries to the same parts of the body? How old are you?  Do you have a verbal threshold policy?

Can theses calculators ever be of any help?  Maybe. Sometimes.  It’s bad enough,though, that some people come in thinking they are entitled to a certain about of money because that what their Aunt Mable got after her accident.  Using Aunt Mable’s recovery as a guide might work out right but it probably won’t. Why not? First of all, you’re different people with different histories who have been in different accidents.  Let me put it another way: You are unique and at The Law Offices of Karim Arzadi, you will be treated that way.  Just as importantly, we will always remind the insurance company of that fact. THEY use calculators and computer programs to decide what your case is worth but they don’t know YOU.  We do so why would we also rely on some machine that just doesn’t take into account many factors that could affect the value of your case.  Think about it: If the value of cases could be determined with a calculator or by some formula, why don’t we give these things to jurors?  The New Jersey Supreme Court explained that:

“Determining just compensation for an accident victim, particularly when the damages are not susceptible to scientific precision, as in the case of pain and suffering damages, necessarily requires a high degree of discretion. That is so because there is no neat formula fortranslating pain and suffering into monetary compensation.”

Johnson v. Scaccetti, 192 N.J. 256, 279-80 (2007).

Similarly, judges will instruct juries:

The law does not provide you with any table, schedule or formula by which a person’s pain and suffering disability, impairment, loss of enjoyment of life may be measured in terms of money. The amount is left to your sound discretion.  You are to use your discretion to attempt to make the plaintiff whole, so far as money can do so, based upon reason and sound judgment, without any passion, prejudice, bias or sympathy.  You each know from your common experience the nature of pain and suffering, disability, impairment and loss of enjoyment of life and you also know the nature and function of money.  The task of equating the two so as to arrive at a fair and reasonable award of damages requires a high order of human judgment.  For this reason, the law can provide no better yardstick for your guidance than your own impartial judgment and experience.”

Model Jury Charges (Civil), Damages–Personal Injuries: Disability, Impairment, Loss of the Enjoyment of Life, Pain and Suffering § 8.11E (Dec. 1996).

Maybe putting a bogus calculator on this site would get me a few more clicks.  I won’t do it because I won’t compromise my basic philosophy of treating each client as a unique individual.  I want this site and my blog to be informative, not misleading. A personal injury lawyer must be an advocate for an individual, not just a numbers cruncher.

Finally, I always emphasize to clients that the more they participate in their cases, the better the outcome is likely to be. If you don’t show up to prepare for your deposition and then do poorly, a calculator on a website is not going to help you out.

If you have been injured in an accident of any kind, you may be entitled to money damages. If you think this is the case, call us at


When you contact our office, we will immediately set up a free, confidential appointment where you will meet an attorney who will listen to you and evaluate your case.  We have conveniently located offices in Perth Amboy, New Brunswick, Jersey City, Roselle and East Orange. We understand traumatic brain injuries, neck injuries, back injuries and other medical problems caused by accidents and the problems that they can cause in your daily life.  Our law firm will always work to make sure you are compensated fairly.

Whether you were a pedestrian, a bicyclist, a shopper in a store, or the occupant of train, or car, motorcycle, boat or any motor vehicle, or have been hurt at an amusement park or at your workplace, bitten by a dog or injured in a fall down accident, you should immediately call one of the experienced personal injury attorneys at


(732) 442-5900, 21-COURTLAW (212) 687-8529, during regular business hours or 1-800-RITELAW (800-748-3529) toll free.  You can even call either number on weekends or after regular business hours. We have offices in MiddlesexUnionEssex and Hudson counties.  call us .


163 Market Street Perth Amboy, NJ 08861 Map →

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639-41 St. Georges Avenue Roselle, NJ 07203 Map →

257 Central Avenue E. Orange, NJ 07018 Map →

2322 Kennedy Boulevard Jersey City, NJ 07304 Map →


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