The minimum is probably more than you can get without qualified personal injury counsel. This business is no different than any other; you get what you pay for.
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This is not a claim that you should be handling on your own. The insurance company adjustors do this all day long. Have you ever done this before? You are asking the right questions, but there are numerous unknown facts that come into play. I would strongly suggest that you contact a local area personal attorney and talk to him/her about your case. Most personal injury attorneys offer a free initial consultation. Choose an experienced attorney and one you feel comfortable with and then retain that attorney. Sorry to hear about your back. Best of luck.
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This question cannot be answered on the basis of the information provided, not to mention the fact that it depends in large part on how much coverage is available. I assume from your question that the "hit-and-run driver" has been identified and has insurance, but if he only had a minimal policy ($20k in coverage) that may be all you get, unless you have under-insured motorist coverage that applies. If the driver is unidentified, you will need to file an uninsured motorist claim on your own policy. I would be happy to discuss this further if you wish to call tomorrow
You are making errors. You have a significant amount of bills. Liability seems certain--a rear end collision is almost always the fault of the other driver and he was drunk. YOur error is thinking you can handle this on your own and save money by not hiring an attorney. I see my job in any case as getting more money for my client than my client can get on his/her own
It is impossible to tell the value of your claim without more information and information that would be difficult for you to convey in this type forum. There is no standard amount and why would you want the minimum anyway? Why are you not seeking what your claim is actually worth?
There are a lot of issues you cannot effectively handle on your own. For instance, if the other driver has the state minimum coverage, perhaps you are owed that--but do you have underinsured motorist coverage on your own policy that will pay you if the other driver does not have enough insurance coverage to pay the value of your claim? Does your state require you to obtain consent of your carrier to settle the claim with the other driver's insurance company first in order to make a claim under your policy? You need to sit down and speak with an attorney who handles auto claims in your state. These consultations are usually free; so you have nothing to lose in learning how to protect your legal rights.
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No lawyer can give you a figure based on the little information provided. Many lawyers offer free consultations. You can meet with them for free no obligation to hire them. Find a lawyer in your area that offers free consultations.
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You definitely need a lawyer to help you with your case. Insurance companies are generally not going to compensate you for the true value of your case unless you have representation. There are many issues that one needs to know to determine settlement value, including the policy of the insured, your own uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, and your age. Feel free to call me if you would like to discuss your case further.
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