Casino Bus Accident...
I was the passenger on a casino bus when it collided with another motor vehicle. Both the bus and motorist where driving on a road that was under construction. Therefore, they both were in the wrong. I sustained injuries. How much is my claim worth?
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ANSWER for "Casino Bus Accident...":
Determining the amount of a personal injury claim is a subjective as opposed to objective test. From the facts you present there exists what is referred to as contributory and comparative negligence.
As a result of the apparent mutual negligence you can be assured there will be a lengthy court battle. In these types of cases neither side wants to accept any more liability for the collision than is absolutely necessary. Doing so, especially in a collision involving a casino bus filled with passengers, could mean the difference in hundreds of thousands of dollars in personal injury claims.
The Bad News: As a result of the probable lengthy court battle between the bus and motorist it might be a long time before you see any settlement money.
The Good News: Regardless of the amount of time it takes to finalize the case, you will be compensated for your injuries. Because it is probable the Casino Bus company has substantially more insurance than the motorist it will be in your best interests if the bulk of the blame for the collision is assessed against the bus company.
Several factors are involved in the computation of settlement amounts. The primary factors include the total of your medical bills, out of pocket expenses and lost wages. Normally any medical bills are multiplied by a number anywhere from 1 to 5 or more, with 3 as the average.
The reason for the multiplication factor is to include medical bills, pain and suffering, out of pocket expenses and any pain and suffering you may have endured or may possibly endure in the future.
You must have patience. At the same time you should retain a highly qualified Personal Injury Attorney. There are cases where a person might be able to competently represent themselves in a small personal injury claim. In cases of the magnitude of yours it is incumbent upon you to retain counsel.
A skilled Personal Injury Attorney will be able to intercept your medical creditors and convince them to wait to be paid. She will also make sure you receive every available amount of compensation you rightfully deserve.
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.
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