How much is my settlement worth? Also his insurance excepted Liability.

Asked over 1 year ago - Los Angeles, CA

Oct 31 2012..I was hit by a motorcyclist, he split up
100 of us on bikes on the street while we were waiting for a green, spun out of control hitting me knocking me an my bike on the floor.. I was taken in a ambulance for minor back pain, most importantly my hands, they were in pain..I immediately contacted a lawyer the next day..he's a bike attorney specializing in bicycle accidents..basically my arms and hands started to go numb really bad. I'm a 28 yr old musician and a painter.. never felt any numbing ever before the accident ...I can't play guitar or paint without complaining of numbness.he sent me to a chiropractor..been going for 6 months now and they found out I have carpal tunnel from nerve damage 3 months after the accident..ortho recommends surgery in right hand, don't want It

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  1. William Emil Cassara

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    Answered . Respectfully, you lawyer probably has volumes of documents, and we have one paragraph of information. He is in a much better position to answer.

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  2. Albert Lee Crosner

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    Answered . Sorry to hear about your injuries. I concur with my colleague. You will need to show records such as income tax returns, etc. to prove your loss of earnings. You should really discuss these issues more fully with your attorney.

    Good luck.

    Mr. Crosner is licensed to practice law in California and has been practicing law in California since 1978. The... more
  3. Alan James Brinkmeier

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    Answered . What earnings did you make the last three years prior?

    Your attorney is the one to ask. He has these details

  4. Richard Andrew Harting

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    Answered . First off there is no specialty in bicycle accidents. An attorney that advertises they have a specialty in bicycle accidents is misleading you and the public and is violating the rules governing attorneys. Let me guess-the attorney is in Long Beach? If that is the case they should be reported to the State Bar.

    Evaluating a case is very specific so it is not really possible through this forum. However, on the issue of surgery a recommendation for surgery that is not followed has significantly less value then a completed surgery. We have resolved theses types of cases from five figures into the mid six figures, but again every case is different. Note: There is a new case last week that asserts a claimant that fails to mitigate their damages by not following recommended medical advice can be held contributorily liable for the extent of their non-economic damages - ie pain & suffering. You may want to discuss this with your attorney.

  5. Matthew Thomas Poelstra

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    Answered . You and/or your attorney can look up similar cases to yours in the Daily Journal's "Verdicts and Settlements" and get a general, ballpark idea of the value of your case. These results are also available on electronic legal research programs and sometimes even on the internet. Of course, if the case does not settle, it is ultimately up to the jury to decide the value of your damages and injuries and there are many "known" and "unknown" factors that go into a jury's deliberation and decision-making process, which is why settlement makes sense in so many cases.

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