Nail glue was shot into my eye while having acrylic nails applied two weeks ago. Ended up at the ER - caused an abrasion to my cornea. The pain lasted for over 24 hours and i had impaired vision for over a week. The insurance company for the nail salon should be calling me with a pain and suffering payout offer and I want to ensure that I am getting a fair amount. The pain was escrutiating.
It is advisable that you seek the assistance of a qualified personal injury attorney or insurance attorney before you deal with the nail salon's insurance company. Insurance companies will haggle with you and try to give you as little as possible to make this go away. They will additionally stall as long as they can to pay you any money you deserve. With the assistance of counsel you can expedite the process and ensure that your rights are protected.
Best of Luck!
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There really is no typical eye injury settlement as every case is different. For example, I recovered the full 300k policy amount from a homeowners insurance policy for an eye injury caused by ammunition made in a garage for a rifle that exploded in the chamber. I advise you to find a good eye injury lawyer in Pennsylvania, one with a low contingency fee, and get representation asap. Trying to negotiate a settlement yourself would be a mistake and could sabotage your good claim.
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As horrible as the immediate pain and impaired vision was after this took place, a more important unanswered consideration is to what extent, if any, there will be long term residual effects on your eyes. You need an experienced personal injury attorney and also an opthamologist's opinion.
I agree with the previous posts. Its hard to say what a fair settlment amount would be without knowing all of the facts. THe one things I would say is that if you don't have a lawyer, the offer isn't likely to be a fair amount.
I would also suggest that you retain a personal injury attorney. Most, including my firm, offers free consultations.
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Your question has to many unresolved issues that my colleagues have pointed out in their answers, all of which I agree with. However, it is not only a fair settlement amount that you need to be concerned with. Here are a few issues that I see:
1. Will there be any future injuries to you eyesight that you do not know about?
2. What is the likelihood of future vision problems? (As indicated, these are questions that an experienced attorney will be able to ask your physician).
3. Beware of what you sign! Once you sign a release, it will most likely contain language that can harm you in the future because it is called a "general release".
4. Who paid for your treatment? Did your private health insurance do so? If so, they are probably entitled to reimbursement and you may have to pay the entire settlement to them. Obviously, there is no pain and suffering damages for you if this occurs.
If you insist on settling this claim on your own, I would arrange to have an attorney review the release and give you some advice, if nothing else.
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