I have been to over 20 Physical Therapy treatments and I have another week or two to go. I still have burning in my neck from sitting straight up for to long, look down, looking up amongst other things. I do have lawyer on my case however I have had two friends in similar situations who were rear ended, went to the hospital, was released and had less that 5 PT visits and received over $10K in a settlement. My lawyer says she doesn't know the value of my case until all things are considered with my PT treatments (defendant's insurance is paying for this, not my own). I would like to know with your experience, what type of settlement am I looking at and with what you know, what should the minimum be that I settle for? Thanks
Your lawyer is correct. There are attorneys out there who will tell you what you want to hear, and evaluate your case without looking at all of the medical. I believe these folks do clients a disservice. There is no formula, not absolute anything in injury law. Every case is different, and if you have hired an attorney who focuses on injury cases, you are in good hands.
Your attorney is approaching your case correctly. The last thing you need is a rush to settlement, before the full extent of your injuries are known. It is irrelevant what others have gotten for their injuries. Every case is unique, as is every injured party. They may have actually done poorly on their cases. You have no way of knowing. Rely upon the advice of your experienced, knowledgeable personal injury attorney.
Sorry for your injury. Everyone in this field seems to know someone who got a whole lot more with a whole lot less. Obviously, I can't comment on the value of your case or the job your attorney is doing. We I can state is that from what you post your attorney seems to be doing a fine job for you. Good luck.
Be patient, get the treatment your doctors say you need, and then your attorney can do their job. You are fortunate that you hired someone that will tell you how it is, rather than how they think you want it to be. Good luck on your case, I hope your treatments resolve your ongoing pain.
Your lawyer is doing exactly what she should be doing. You need to wait until your treatment is concluded and make sure there are no lingering or permanent injuries. Once you settle, you have waived all rights to past and future claims from the accident, so you don't want to rush things. Also, it doesn't matter what your other friends got, because no two cases are the same. There are too many variable to give you a range. Jefferson County is not a bad venue if that is where the accident occurred. You hired your attorney for a reason, let her do her job.
In addition to all of the great responses that have been posted here by other personal injury attorneys, I would add that good communication with your attorney is important. Ask questions of your attorney and give her the freedom to give you honest responses. Listen carefully to her advice and ask whether there is anything else you need to be doing to make sure that your case (and more importantly your physical recovery) stays on track - such as following all medical advice regarding treatment. Hang in there. It sounds like a resolution may be around the corner.
An injured claimant is entitled to recover money for non-economic damages incurred, defined as subjective, non-monetary losses, including but not limited to, pain, suffering, disability, disfigurement and loss of enjoyment of life experienced and with reasonable probability to be experienced in the future. The claimant is also entitled to recover economic damages, such as medical expenses and wage lost. It is almost impossible to determine the value of your case with the above stated facts.
It is too early to determine the value of your case. Since you are still having medical issues related to the accident, you want to wait until your long term injuries are known before you make a demand or accept a settlement. I suggest you keep an injury diary. Click on the link below to watch a video on the purpose and importance of keeping an injury diary.
There are many factors that will determine the overall value of your case. Some of the factors that you and your attorney will need to consider are whether you are full or limited tort, the diagnosed injuries, the strength of your treating doctors relating those injuries to the accident, any out of pocket medical expenses and/or healthcare liens and/or outstanding medical bills and any wage loss that you might have incurred as a result of your injuries. Your attorney is doing the right thing waiting for you to finish treating and for your injuries to resolve or for you to reach maximum medical improvement. At that time, your attorney will know the full extent of your injuries along with any potential future care that you may need. As you only get one chance to get the full value of your claim and to be compensated for your total damages, you do not want to rush into a settlement. As the previous lawyers who have responded to this question before me have stated, it is important to let the medicine take effect and heal you before you do anything. I wish you a speedy recovery.
Your lawyer is doing the smart thing. To get the compensation you deserve, you need to wait and see how well you recover from your injuries. There are a lot of variables at work here. Your lawyer will have an idea about the value of your case once you conclude your treatment. It's too early to be guessing at your minimum settlement.
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