I believe most people in your position wonder the same thing (and, rightfully so). However, have you asked your lawyer to address this inquiry for you? I ask this because he/she is in the best position to discuss such a matter with you, given that he/she is more familiar with your case (and the facts surrounding it), than any attorney on this website.
Ms. Berjis is licensed to practice law in the State of California. The laws of your jurisdiction may differ and thus this answer is for informational and educational purposes only and is not to be considered as legal advice. Since all facts are not addressed in the question, this answer could change depending on other significant and important facts. This answer in no way constitutes an attorney-client relationship.
Loaded question. Too many variables involved for any attorney, aside from your own to give you value. You have failed to leave out the most critical fact that would be used to determine value...damages. Damages are based on a variety of things but the most critical are your actual injuries. You made no mention of injuries. Liability rarely plays a role in value unless you are some how partly at fault which you are not. Talk to your attorney but if you failed to mention your injuries they are probably not that bad which means you shouldn't expect a major windfall of any sort.
Your own attorney would be in the best position to answer specific questions regarding the value of your personal injury case, and that is who you should ask. That being said, because you were not at fault the other person's insurer needs to compensate you for your medical bills, pain and suffering and any income loss. The amount you receive is not subject to any formula but is based in part on the severity of your injury, the type and length of medical treatment, and whether you had any permanent impairment.
Merry Fountain is licensed to practice law in Indiana. She can be contacted at 1-888-242-HURT. This is not legal advice and it does not create an attorney/client relationship. It is legal education intended to provide general information about the matter within the question. If the question does not include important timeframes and facts the answer could change. Merry Fountain strongly advises the questioner to confer with an attorney in your state.
Only your attorney knows all the facts and the degree of your injuries etc. - you need to direct these questions to your attorney
This is not intended to be legal advise or as legal representation. I am a California personal injury attorney . Be aware that every state has its own statute of limitations; and statutes & case laws that govern the handling of these matters.
A very common question, or variant thereof, on Avvo, and in many a personal injury attorney office is "I just got rear-ended, how much can I get?"
The answer is... and every law student hears his favorite professor's voice say it... "It depends."
Depends on the severity of the injury(s) suffered, the ease of proving the severity of said injuries (soft tissue with normal diagnostics or broken bones, little physical damage to the vehicles involved or the jaws of life being needed for extraction, etc.), the amount of lost work, past present, the medical bills, past and present, pain and suffering, and many factors and not the least important of which is the amount of available recovery... bad news is when the defendant driver had minimum coverage ($15k) and no other viable source of recovery... worse is no insurance at all and judgment proof at fault driver. One's personal injury attorney, if experienced in the ways of personal injury, will be able to explain the factors and be able to get the best recovery for the specific siutaution.
Paul J. Molinaro, M.D., J.D.
Attorney at Law, Physician, Broker
Fransen & Molinaro, LLP
4160 Temescal Canyon Road, Suite 306
Corona, CA 92833
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