An accurate answer to your question needs more information. There are many factors that would affect your settlement. For example, will you need future treatment and medical care? What are the other party's insurance policy limits? Does the other party have assets that you can go after? Was the other party driving a personal vehicle or a work vehicle? Also, keep in mind that higher settlements are generally achieved on personal injury claims when there is an attorney representing your interests. I would recommend you speak with a personal injury attorney in your area who can better advise you after considering all of the facts relevant to your situation. Also keep in mind that most attorneys offer free initial consultations. Best of luck.
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First, my sincere regret that you encountered this accident. You need to get a copy of the police report and any other documentation, such as medical records, and have them reviewed by an attorney. I have personally dealt with other California claims such as yours and it is important for you to gather as much documentation as possible. Best of luck to you.
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I agree with the above post.
You really should consult with an attorney and see if there is a chance of recovery. If you can recover and the driver was insured, then you may be limited to the driver's insurance policy limits. Do your research and get in touch with a personal injury attorney.
Contact a personal injury attorney. They will be able to accurately evaluate your injuries. Any of the personal injury attorneys answering your question or that you can find on Avvo would be more than happy to speak with you.
You need MRI's and other tess to determine if you have any disc problems in your back or neurological problems in other areas of your body. The extent of your injuries supportefd by medical documentation will determine your damages claim.
Anyone can guess, but only an experienced personal injury attorney will be able to give an answer to your question. It depends on the facts of your accident, the full nature & extent of your injuries - present & future; any wage loss and/or loss of future earnings; etc.etc. Do yourself a favor & seek the counsel of a good personal injury attorney - most, like myself, offer free initial consultations. Good luck
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You should hire a lawyer. A good lawyer can obtain a better settlement/verdict for you than you can for yourself. You should consider the lawyers from y our area who responded to your question.
Please tell me you have a personal injury attorney!! If you don't, you need someone right away. No one can predict what sort of settlement you will get (if at all) because none of truly understand the issue of liability or injury causation. Your attorney will help you navigate those treacherous waters!
Best of luck to you.
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Seventeen thousand bucks is a lot of money, and an amount considered significant if it is just the start of the medical costs from a motor vehicle accident. That figure will only increase as pain and suffering and lost wages are added. Certainly, such an amount warrants attorney involvement. Hopefully, an accident claim and lawsuit are something most people encounter once if at all... Attorneys handle these day in and day out.
We personal injury types work on contingency and we don't charge for consultations, so there is nothing to fear in calling us.
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You should have your file reviewed by a personal injury attorney in order to get an informed opinion as to the potential value of your case as well as any other issues that could concern your rights; otherwise, people will only be guessing. Like many of the attorneys who have responded, we offer free consultation and evaluation of personal injury cases. Feel free to contact my office or any of the other AVVO attorneys who handle personal injury matters for a free consultation.
I read the answers posted by the other lawyers and agree with most of what they have to say including that you should hire a lawyer; otherwise, the other side's adjuster will try to lowball you into settling for less than the case is worth.
One thing I noticed the other lawyers didn't mention is that the amount you get could be reduced by your percentage of fault. We call this a "comparative negligence" analysis, and it's the law in California. I know you mentioned your bills are $17,500 so far - and that's just the medical portion of damages (what we call "medical special damages") without including your pain and suffering (what we call "general damages"). But lets assume for a moment your total damages are $10,000. If you were completely blameless and the other side was completely responsible, then you're entitled to $10,000. But if, on the other hand, you were, say, 30% responsible, then your damages would be reduced by 30% leaving you with $7,000.
But like at least one other attorney said, so much goes into this analysis, and we really don't have enough information to assess it. Most personal injury attorneys would be happy to offer a free consultation to review the details. Beware: all accident cases have deadlines to file your case in court. If you miss the deadline, you'll be time barred from bringing your claim and you'll lost your rights. If you want to bring this claim, retain counsel without delay. Good luck.
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