I don't believe any lay person can negotiate a fair settlement amount without counsel. If you go to a doctor for medical problems, why not go to a lawyer for legal problems. What makes our think you have any percentage of fault. Retain counsel immediately if you want full value for claim or lawsuit, if necessary.
This question really cannot be answered without more information. What is the nature and extent of your injuries? how much are your medical bills? Do you have any wage loss? There needs to be more development of the change in your activities. You mention "medical liens" which is a term used in conjunction with being represented by an attorney. If you are represented he/she is in the best position to answer this question. Of the cuff the settlement sounds low. If you don't have an attorney you really should consult with a qualified attorney before contemplating a settlement
Typically, I settle soft tissue injuries for between 2 and 2.5X total medical bills. Understand that once you sign the release, that is all you will get. I recommend letting an attorney licensed in California advise you on this matter. Without knowing how much your bills are, it is hard to answer this question.
You have an injury you believe may permanently damage your career. You need to see a personal injury lawyer now. There is no excuse for you not to do it. Most offer a free initial consultation. You need to keep rehabbing and stop advocating.
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As Mr. Harting said, your question cannot be answered without more information such as the nature and extent of your injuries, whether you missed time off from work, etc. The decision to accept a settlement of any amount is ultimately yours but you should consult with personal injury attorneys in your area before you accept the settlement. Most offer a free consultation.
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Do you have an attorney? He is the best person that can answer the risks and advantages of negotiating the case further.
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You case may potentially have more value, depending on a lot more specific information needed. Contact an attorney who practices personal injury/accident cases to discuss specifics.
It's hard to approximate a value for your case without knowing additional details. I'm a little concerned when you say that your dancer/performer activities may have changed permanently because that implies that you have a permanent injury from the accident. If that is the case, the claim may have substantially more value. I would talk to a good personal injury attorney about your case before making a decision. Most good lawyers will discuss your case in detail over the phone and give you feedback as to how best to proceed. If he/she believes you would be best served by accepting the offer, they will tell you. (This all assumes you do not have a lawyer.)
I'm not sure what you mean by your "non-professional practice...," but you may have extensive damages in that area that need to be explored. Also, I don't know what your injuries were, or what type of treatment the liens consist of--diagnostics or therapy. I would also perhaps not accept the 10% hit on fault necessarily. So, bottom line, you need a personal injury attorney to address these issues before you enter into any settlement.
Without knowing a lot more information, it's just too difficult to say. Most lawyers offer a free consult. You should gather all your information and go see a local personal injury lawyer to get your best options.
If you have suffered permanent injuries, and your reference to your dance practice suggests that, that amount does not seem sufficient. However you really should be consulting with an attorney who can review the details of your claim - no post on Avvo can be sufficient.
Why sign your life away? Get a local lawyer to obtain maximum compensation. Sound smart? Avvo has a terrific "find a lawyer" tool to locate a top-rated Avvo attorney with a low contingency fee. Good luck.
I agree with the excellent analysis of my colleagues above: If you suspect that you will suffer long-term consequences resulting from your accident, you should not sign anything, and you should consult with a personal injury attorney. From the sound of it, a pedestrian being hit by an automobile could create substantial damages, so you should discuss this matter with an attorney who can guide you through the process and quite possibly help you obtain more money. Good luck.
As indicated by the other attorneys you give no information about your injuries making it impossible to comment except to the extent that, if you do not have an attorney, the offer is probably not in the ballpark of being reasonable. Do yourself a big favor and immediately consult with an experienced personal injury attorney.
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