Can I look forward to a settlement of at $14,000 for my personal injury accident?

Asked over 1 year ago - Victorville, CA

I was rear ended while sitting at a stop sign. I have severe pain in neck and both shoulders, I also had preexiting neck infusion. I had no problems before accident.

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  1. Frank Wei-Hong Chen

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    Answered . No one can really evaluate the value of your claim without knowing the extent of your "severe pain" and the extent of your pre-existing conditions. Did you sustain more than just soft tissue injuries? What are your total medical expenses? Are you still treating? Are you also claiming future medical expenses? Do you have a claim for lost wages? What about future earning capacity?

    Frank W. Chen has been licensed to practice law in California since 1988. The information presented here is... more
  2. Nathan Kased

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    Answered . The extent of your injuries will, in part, determine potential settlement value, along with many other factors (e.g., liability status, attorney reputation, third party insurance company's settlement posture, etc.). Have you begun or completed treatment? You need to retain a skilled personal injury attorney immediately, if you haven't already done so.

  3. Garrett David May

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    Answered . I agree with my colleagues. It is impossible to know the settlement value of your claim without much more information. However, without a skilled personal injury lawyer you will almost certainly not recover the full value of your claim.

    You should contact a personal injury lawyer without delay. Good luck.

  4. Dave Bahr

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    Answered . The "value" of any personal injury claim is extremely specific to not only the injuries suffered, but also the representation obtained. It is not clear from your question whether you have an attorney, but since you are posing this question on the internet, I guess: no. Off the bat, the insurance company will look at that and say "low ball the offer." Since you had a preexisting condition — by your explanation "no problems before accident" — you're claim is more difficult. You really, really need to talk to a personal injury attorney to fully evaluate your options. Good luck.

    I have been licensed to practice in the State of Oregon since 1990. I am not offering legal advice regarding your... more
  5. Lars A. Lundeen


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    Answered . Where does this $14,000 amount come from? No one can estimate the value of your claim without knowing a multitude of information about you and the accident.You should obtain needed medical care and treatment immediately and follow the doctor's advice. Do not give any statement to the adverse party or insurance company nor grant them access to any medical records. Photograph the injuries and the damage done to any property. Contact a personal injury attorney in your area as soon as possible so that you can protect your rights. You may also find it helpful to review the Legal Guides I have published on dealing with many of the issues you are now facing.

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