was riding motorcycle struck by fuel tanker truck there at fault has been about 8 months since accident still have limp followed doctor orders and he released me after therapy
I would have to see your medical records and bills. See if we need an expert to say how long it will take to recover, how serious the crash was and if you have a permanent injury. Other factors are lost wages, loss of a normal life, future pain and suffering. I would not feel comfortable just tossing some number out there without a diligent investigation. You do not want to take fast quick money and down the road find out it was not fair compensation.
The good thing with a tanker truck is that they have large insurance coverage. Also, if you find an attorney that has handled trucking accident, they can find violations of regulations of federal trucking standards. If some are found, you can also look at trying to pursue punitive damages, which could be larger than your personal injury damages.
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Settlement value is unique for each case. While you can look at other settlements for some guidance, you must also take into account your future medical needs and disability, your responsibility to repay your medical insurer (in some instances), your lost time from work, etc. It is in your best interest to speak with an attorney regarding your case. Insurance company adjusters settle cases for a living and their job is to pay as little as possible to resolve each case. It is very easy for an unrepresented person to be taken advantage of in a situation like yours. Please feel free to call me or my associate, Emily Harrell at 312-828-9666, if you would like to discuss the specifics of your case.
The value of a personal injury case depends on a number of factors - many of which have been voiced by the other attorneys here; however, to give you a solid opinion on the value of your case I, as any attorney, would need more information.
I have handle a great number of personal injury matters across the state and I'm originally from Mt. Vernon. I will actually be in Mt. Vernon tonight through Saturday morning if you would like to meet in person to discuss your situation and the value of your case. Feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me if you would like to set something up 773-354-8909 - there would of course be no charge for a consultation.
Since you were hit by a truck this case is better than most. There are common carrier rules and a larger insurance policy. I would not have my client settle until you are done treating, have your doctor opinions for future medical expenses and physical restrictions and a vocational expert workup
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When determining compensation, it is usually simple to add up the money spent and money lost, but there is no precise way to put a dollar figure on pain and suffering or on missed experiences and lost opportunities. That's where an insurance company's damages formula comes in.
At the beginning of claim negotiations, an insurance adjuster adds up the total medical expenses related to the injury. These expenses are referred to as "medical special damages" or simply "specials." That's the base figure the adjuster uses to figure out how much to pay the injured person for pain, suffering, and other nonmonetary losses, which are called "general" damages.
Determining fault for an accident is not an exact science, but in most claims both you and the insurance adjuster will at least have a good idea whether the insured person was entirely at fault, or if you were a little at fault, or if you were a lot at fault. Whatever that rough percentage of your comparative fault might be. Attorneys trying to get the best compensation possible for their cients need to avoid the temptation to engage in the slippery slope of talking to insurance adjusters in "___ times specials"
There is no such thing as a formula settlement because there are no formula plaintiffs. There is no magic formula of “x times specials” that determines the proper settlement amount. If you have come to this website looking for an exact value for your claim, you will be disappointed. There are a lot of variables at play and there may be reasons why you case is worth much more - or much less - than these statistics suggest. The take home message is clear: average settlement value data is great but it does not take the place of professional analysis of your case.
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about 95 percent of our cases will ultimately resolve through negotiation or mediation. In advising clients about case valuation, it is extremely useful to have data for benchmarking more reliable and objective than our anecdotal observations, gut instincts and wishful thinking.Both benchmarking valuation and determining how individual cases differ from the benchmarks are parts of a lawyers responsibility in fulfilling our professional calling.
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