Case Value for Broken Finger and Lifelong Pain?
(Los Angeles, CA)
I was in an auto accident. The insured admitted fault to their insurance company. I accepted a settlement for my kids who had minor injuries, however I broke my little finger and opted not to have surgery per the doctors recommendations (including a specialist).
The accident was 5 months ago and I still have a splint and it's still in a lot of pain. The insurance company wants to settle. I will have pain in this finger for the rest of my life (per doctors) due to the way it was broken. I do not want surgery and I type for a living and my finger is still in a lot of pain.
I know the insurance company is going to come back with a low amount, but I think because of my job, pain and the suffering I am going to have (and I will not be able to do the things I use to) I would ask for a large amount over 200k.
I do not know what the value would be but even 200k is low to me for what I will have to deal with for the rest of my life. Any advice?
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ANSWER for "Case Value for Broken Finger and Lifelong Pain?":
Settlement amounts are based upon medical expenses, therefore, unless your medical bills are in the range of $65,000 to $70,000, you might be disappointed to seek $200,000 as a settlement figure.
In order to be realistic, you must take a look at your medical expenses and multiply that figure by 2.5 - 3 times. This is a comfortable baseline settlement figure to begin with.
I would not suggest surgery unless you actually need it. Surgery is expensive, however and it would serve to increase your medical expenses which would ultimately raise the settlement offer.
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