Welp fellas, big mile stone for me today as I settled my first 7 figure case. It was a commercial vehicle wrongful death claim. Settled for $1,150,000. All day settlement conference with federal magistrate. Had a $313k comp lien to deal with. Meds were $548k. The decedent was 80 years old and we have a $1M cap on general damages. My home run number was a little over $1.6M. $125k of it was a lost wages/lost military pension/lost SSI claim. They completely wrote that off , said it was legally impossible since the children were adults and not dependents (they are wrong on that) , and that we'd look greedy asking for lost wages and military pension etc for a guy that they didn't even depend on or live with. Thus they considered my home run as $1,548,000. Liability wasn't really in question. I was hoping to get $1.3M or $1.2M. The guy lived for 23 days after the wreck with a laundry list of fractures and internal injuries and surgeries. He was conscience and coherent even though he was on a vent. He was able to pass notes to family members and respond to commands. They tried to argue that he died of a PE , not the wreck. And of course they argued he was only a few years away from his life expectancy anyways. Multiple lawyers told me that they thought it wasn't guaranteed that I'd get the $1M cap on generals just because I had a dead client. I felt like with the injuries he had , the time he suffered, and his children's' suffering, I would get the $1M in generals. We were able to get the comp lien down by 25% which was around a $79k reduction. Comp is statutorily entitled to their lien dollar for dollar so I felt like that was a solid reduction. I'm pretty pleased with the settlement.