Broken Finger on Restaurant Chair...

by Mom
(Colorado Springs, CO)

My fingertip was sliced across the nail and fractured when I sat on a broken chair in a fast food restaurant. I am a stay at home wife and mom of a household of 8, unable to perform my daily chores and responsibilities.

What's the monetary value of my injury?

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ANSWER for "Broken Finger on Restaurant Chair...":

Mom (Colorado Springs, CO):

If your injury required not much more than a few stitches and some antibiotics your claim won't be worth enough to even file a claim. The facts you present don't mention if you required any medical attention. Without medical bills to support your claim of injuries the value of any case you might have diminishes rapidly.

Too often people believe if they have been even slightly injured in a commercial establishment they will automatically be rewarded with a substantial cash settlement from the establishment's insurance company. Now we are not suggesting you are one of those people, but it must be made clear that the slightest of injuries in commercial establishments does not qualify as a personal injury case.

Regrettably, if your injury required medical care and you have the medical bills to support your claim, the courts traditionally have not based personal injury compensation on the value of a mother's household duties. Reimbursement by the courts will almost always be made based upon medical proof of injuries and documentation of lost wages.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from an attorney licensed in your state. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here, or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Judge Calisi

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