I am a single subject Spanish Teacher at a high school that is located in a very small town. I am in TTD, and I had to do part of my lesson plans because they are no Spanish speaking Subs. What could be a reasonable settlement for this kind of case? I used to run, and be very independent, and I have three kids. I had to pay two extra people to help me take kids to school and help around the school.
There are two parts to every lawsuit: liability and damages. Based on your ankle surgery from the fall you certainly satisfy the second part, however it is not clear whether the church is liable for those damages. Did you fall in a whole in the parking lot? Was the parking lot in disrepair? You should consult with a personal injury attorney to see if there are grounds for liability against the church based on negligence or any other cause of action.
There is absolutely no way to know what a reasonable settlement would be in your case without a full evaluation, which would include a comprehensive review of your medical records and bills, your employment records, and other information. I strongly suggest you consult with a personal injury attorney in your area; evaluating cases like yours is how we earn a living.
If negligence cannot be established - $0. If negligence can be established then it could be substantial. A lower extremity fracture requiring ORIF is a serious injury with potential long term ramifications. Contact an injury attorney right away. Proving negligence in a slip and fall is tricky. The sooner you consult a qualified injury attorney the better your chances are to make a recovery. Best of luck.
As you can see, nobody has, nor will they give you a number. There are just too many unknowns. For instance, it is not enough to prove that an actionable defect existed. You must be able to prove notice, too. That is, that the property owner or manager, through their agents, knew or should have known of the defect long enough in advance of the accident to have cured that defect. Or, you can try to prove that they caused or created the defect.
Anybody who is going to give you a number at this stage is just guessing, if I'm being kind. Such a number would be calculated to get you excited, not to give you accurate information. The point would be to entice you to sign a retainer. Beware of people who make promises before fully evaluating your case, defenses and all. Also you will want to see how your injury progresses. Will you need more surgery to remove the hardware? Will you develop arthritis? Will you develop a crippling case of CRPS (RSD)? Or will you make an amazing recovery with no residuals? I think you get the idea.
You don't say HOW you fell, meaning it's near-impossible for us to tell how strong your liability case looks. Your damages, sadly, are pretty extreme.
A lot of firms, including mine, would happily give you a free evaluation to see if you should bring a case.
All the best.
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