i was in parking lot, standing still next to a friends car, out of the way of traffic, close enough i could touch his car, a guy backing out of another space didnt stop and hit me, pinning me between the two vehicles, i fell to the ground, luckily no broken bones but i was bleeding and i have leg contusions, i was taken away by ambo. treatment has been pain meds and anti inflamatory medicine, i i want to settle this with insurance company, my bills are around $2500 plus 2 days lost pay around $400. first questions is what is a reasonable amount of this claim, 2nd what is the reasonable amount of punitive damages, the driver was arrested for dui on the scene, so was his drunk female passenger. the insurance company has allready accepted responsiblity, i have two eye witnesses
I'm sure there are plenty of attorneys who would be happy to help you. Damages are not some magic number that attorneys pull out of a secret book that we all get a copy of once we pass the Bar exam. It's derived from experience and an application of the law to the facts of a case. It is not uncommon for three attorneys to give you three different evaluations, all with valid reasons for the discrepancies. You're not going to get any attorney to provide you a number without them fully evaluating your case. Secondly, if you want their help, you are going to have to enter into a fee agreement with them. That's the way the system works.
The value of your case is not cut and dried, including the amount of recovery for punitive damages. You want to settle this, but should consider that you might continue to have medical problems from being hit by a car and if you settle too quickly, you will never be fully compensated. Further, a personal injury attorney in Virginia would have experience in this area and know how to maximize what you receive. Do yourself a favor and obtain a free consultation from a local attorney as soon as possible.
You do need to retain an attorney, despite your previous poor experiences. The ones you have spoken to have advised correctly by stating that they do not yet know what the case is valued at. There are so many variables to consider and this is a moving target. For example, your total medical bills cannot be neatly assessed and summed within 24 hours of the accident.
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