How much should I recieve for pain and suffering from cellulitis infection?

by Lisa
(Anderson, SC)

I caught cellulitis from an unsanitary nail salon. I was hospitalized for 3 nights, put on IV antibiotics, and I was out of work for one week. I also missed keeping my grandkids, was in pain for 2 weeks, and itched uncontrollably for 3 weeks while healing and all the skin on both hands peeled and grew back.

The total bill for all this was $18,000. How much should I receive for the pain and suffering I went through. Just an estimate would be greatly appreciated. I really don't know where to start. Thank you.

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ANSWER for "How much should I recieve for pain and suffering from cellulitis infection?":

Lisa (Anderson, SC):

When estimating appropriate settlements amounts in personal injury claims, many attorneys use multiplier. By using a multiplier, an attorney can calculate what amount would constitute a fair settlement including pain and suffering.

Here's how it works...

For "soft tissue" injuries like minor cuts and abrasions, bruising, sprains and strains, an attorney might ask for 3 to 4 times the amount of her client's medical or chiropractic bills. The insurance company adjuster would likely not agree to a multiple of 4, but might agree to a multiplier of 1.5, with both parties finally compromising at a multiple of 2 to 2.5x medical bills.

In more serious "hard injury" cases, the multiplier can rise substantially, from anywhere to 4x, 5x, and much higher.

Your case should be considered a hard injury case. Hospitalization is an indication the infection may have been life-threatening. Fortunately, you didn't sustain any permanent injuries. As a result, demanding a multiplier of 5 would be a good place to start. That amount would be $90,000.

While it's unlikely the insurance adjuster will agree to pay that amount, asking for it would not be inappropriate. If you can negotiate a settlement of 3-4 times your medical bills, you should be quite happy. That amount will cover your medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses, lost wages, and your pain and suffering.

If you are unable to reach a settlement you are happy with, you might consider consulting with a personal injury attorney. Most will not charge for an initial office consultation.

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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