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Large awards in personal injury claims have been a trend for several months now as juries are apparently feeling more sympathetic for victims whose lives are turned upside down through no fault of their own after accidents, bad drugs or devices cause them pain, suffering and the loss of income and a normal existence. Last month, a jury in Texas awarded a $101 million verdict to the victim of an accident involving a truck. It could be a record-setting award in the Lone Star State. The main defendant is FTS International, an oil service company whose truck plowed into the back of a pickup driven by Joshua Patterson. A crane operator, Patterson had to have back surgery and was unable to work after.

In May, another Texas jury gave a $90 million verdict award to another person who had been struck by another truck. It held the record for two months. Last year, a jury in Sarasota, awarded a $19.2 million verdict to the family of a man who was left in a vegetative state after an accident in a Mini Cooper. Geico Insurance fought the claim in court, but the plaintiff won what has been reported as the largest personal injury verdict in that Florida county.

Of course, while those are large record-setting verdicts, none are very impressive when put next to the $4.7 billion an Illinois jury payout to the women who sued pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson alleging their ovarian cancer was caused by using its Baby Powder or Shower to Shower products. Some of the 22 women died during the years-long trial so the award goes to their families.

All these cases, while very different, have one thing in common. The plaintiffs in each were represented by a qualified attorney who fought for them and pressed for the best outcome possible. That is why it is very important to get a good attorney to represent you in any personal injury case. At Smart Legal Solutions, we assist a number of qualified attorneys across the United States and can help them get cases like yours qualified and resolved faster and easier, sometimes at a lower cost than what you pay in staffing and training for n-house administration.