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What is the proper settlement for pain and suffering after being rear ended by a truck?

Sunnyvale, CA |

Rear ended by a FedEx truck last July. They paid to fix my car, and are paying my medical bills, but now want to settle for my pain and suffering and offered $1800. That seems low. I had to go to chiropractor for 2 months, it was very uncomfortable. I could not exercise, am now afraid cars are going to hit me from behind, and it made my OCD worse, No idea what future back pain I could have, but don't know what a fair amount is.

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Although insurance companies use software to evaluate claim values, there is no accurate way to tell you how much your claim is worth with this little information. The value of your claim depends on many factors, such as the type of injuries you received, how quickly you healed, any residual symptoms, the amount of your medical expenses and loss of earnings, anticipated future medical expenses and earnings losses, the amount of damage to the vehicles (shouldn't matter but it does), and how your daily life was impacted by your injuries. There are other factors, too. You will typically get a much better settlement offer or judgment if you have an experienced personal injury attorney who is respected by FedEx. You should contact a qualified personal injury attorney in your area for a consultation.

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Thank you for your question, but I would need more information to give you an accurate answer. Several factors are in play here, for example: how much damage was done to your vehicle, was your car driveable after the collision, were you taken from the scene by ambulance, did you go to the emergency department, did a doctor prescribe the chiropractic treatment or did you self-refer, how many dates of service did you have with the chiropractor, what was the total amount of chiropractic billing, does your auto policy have medpay coverage, are you experiencing pain or numbness radiating into your arms or fingers or legs or toes, and several other questions I would have. Also, if you are planning to settle this claim without the assistance of an attorney, you should know that research has now established that claims settled by attorneys settle for an average of 50% higher than claims settled by non-attorneys. Therefore, your best bet would be to retain counsel. You may be settling a claim prematurely and for an amount below the fair-market value. Thanks.

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"How much is my case worth?" is always a difficult answer for an attorney without the opportunity to review all the circumstances and documentation of a claim. I will tell you that at first blush, the offer does seem a bit low, but 2 months of "pain and suffering" is not necessarily worth a whole lot. You mentioned your OCD becoming worse and being afraid in your car, but you really can only make this a part of your claim if you have had some medical treatment for it. Did you see a therapist? If so, it can become part of your damages. Without medical documentation, I doubt FedEx will pay much attention to it. My best advice is to contact an experienced attorney in your area for a free consultation. It doesn't sound like a case to go into litigation, but I would hope you can get the offer up from where you stand. Best of luck.

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You are getting low balled because you do not have an attorney.

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There is no set amount. However, you have broken the golden rule by trying to settle an insurance claim without a lawyer. You need to find a personal injury lawyer with a low contingency fee, less than 30%, so you are left with the lion's share of the settlement, not your lawyer. You don't want to be hurt twice. You can read about Fed Ex accidents on our website for your general information. Good luck to you.

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Many years ago, 20 or 25 years ago insurance companies would pay lost earnings, medical bills and pain and suffering which would be three times medical bills. Those day are long gone especially in regard to chiropractic treatment. If you really believe you still have a medical conditions and problems yu need to see a medical doctor and if he or she can't figure out what's wrong with you you need to see a specialist i.e. surgeon etc. With straight up chiropractic bills they will usually pay tops $2000 to $2500 and after that they presume you are being over treated and enjoying massages. If Chiropractic bills are $1500 or less I would seriously consider the $1800. Your personal opinion about how else this accident may affect you will have to be validated i.e. seeing a psychiatrist. You speaking about how you are not comfortable is not going to carry much weight in terms of dollar value.

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Bottom line: 1800 is a lowball offer, but not at all unusual when a layperson tries to settle his/her claim alone. I've noticed a distrubing trend where people try to go it alone, armed only with general advice from attorneys online. That is not the way to handle your claim.
I would need to review your case, and my office does routinely handle accident injury, but there are two critical prongs to all successful injury cases: liability and damages. It appears that liability has been accepted by FedEx, since they paid to fix your car, meds and are now trying to close out the file with a low number.
The part of your case that requires an attorney is the damages prong. You cannot assess your damages by yourself. It is our job to determine nature and extent of injuries, present and future special damages, as well as non economic pain and suffereing generals. I am over simplifying for the purpose of this anwer, but my point is that an attorney can maximize your damages.

Melissa Mack, Esq.
Alameda, CA

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Compensation that you should expect to receive for pain and suffering depends on a number of factors. Those factors include, but are not limited to, the nature of your injuries, extent of care that you received, the necessity of that care and any lingering symptoms resulting from the accident. Without knowing more about your particular claim, it is difficult to determine whether $1,800.00 fair to resolve your claim for pain and suffering. The insurance adjustor typically does not have your best interests in mind. You should consult an attorney who is knowledgable in handling personal injury claims.


You need to hie a lawyer.

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