If you do not want the insurance company to take advantage of you, as you have stated, then your first step today is to retain an experienced personal injury attorney for a number of reasons, including these:
(1) The insurance industry's own statistics confirm that once an attorney is brought in to a claim, the value goes up.
(2) Your own attorney has a duty to fully inform you of all potential elements of recovery which the insurance company claims adjuster will not take time to tell you about.
(3) Settlements are forever. This means that if you decide to accept a settlement, this is the final disposition of the case forever. Should you later need additional treatment or discover an outstanding charge you did not know about, it is too late to go back.
To answer your headline question of a good amount to settle for, please refer to the second link at the bottom of this answer.
My office handles personal injury and accident cases in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. And despite the procedural and legal differences between our states, the insurance standards and case valuation aspects of this topic are relatively universal across the U.S.
Law Offices of Andrew D. Myers
North Andover, MA — Derry, NH
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Mr. Myers gives you excellent advice. If you are not represented, an insurance company will take advantage of you every time. They don't make money by being generous. Go see a couple personal injury lawyers. If one tells you what your case is worth, don't hire him. Nobody can make more than a wild guess what any case is worth without specific information. Even then, responsible lawyers don't tell clients what their cases are worth except in very general terms until there is an offer on the table. Evaluations of apparently similar cases can differ by a large amount. Last week I settled a case for $750,000 that I would have settled for much less three months before. Some new information came up that increased the value. Six years ago I settled a case with a similar injury for $150,000. It's not that I am stupid or careless or sold the first client short. Every case has its own strengths and weaknesses.
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You have not provided near enough information to value a case. It all depends on injuries, medical bills, subrogation and liability coverage. You should not consider a settlement until you finish all treatment. Talk to a local injury attorney.
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Never try to settle an accident case without a lawyer or you will either get #1. no money or #2. a tiny nuisance settlement. Search Avvo for a personal injury lawyer in your city or state and get representation ASAP. Good luck.
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It is always best to consult with a personal injury attorney before attempting to value your case or speak with the insurance adjuster. These consultations are always free of charge. A good attorney will be able to value your case and all of the monetary damages you are entitled to now and in the future. The insurance company will take advantage of you if you are not represented by an attorney. Please contact me by phone or email to discuss further before you make mistakes in discussions with the adjuster regarding both property damage and personal injury.
With your pre-existing disability and other issues, this is not the type of case you should attempt to handle on your own.You should obtain needed medical care and treatment immediately and follow the doctor's advice. Do not give any statement to the adverse party or insurance company nor grant them access to any medical records. Photograph the injuries and the damage done to any property. Contact a personal injury attorney in your area as soon as possible so that you can protect your rights. You may also find it helpful to review the Legal Guides I have published on Avvo.com dealing with many of the issues you are now facing.
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