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Fractured Wrist with Permanent Loss of Movement…

Submitted By: Edgar (USA)

I had surgery on my fractured right wrist but I’m not able to move as I used to. My bone broke and the doctors replaced it with titanium and platinum. I’m still working on my personal injury case and my lawyer says it can take as much as 4 years to come to a conclusion.

I just wanted to have an idea of how much money I could get for my case? I’m never going to have my normal hand back to full movement, so I think that can be a detail that can help me get more money. Thanks!

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Answer

Dear Edgar,

It is our policy not to intervene in the attorney-client relationship. To do so would be legally inappropriate. Generally speaking personal injury settlements are based on several factors. The most important one is usually the amount of medical bills incurred during the injured party’s treatment.

Other factors can include the out pocket expenses incurred. Those are such things as prescription medications, over the counter medical aids, and other costs related to the healing process.

Additional factors include lost wages, loss of consortium and pain and suffering.

Personal injury lawsuits can take months and even years to be fully resolved.

Your attorney has probably hesitated to tell you the approximate amount of your settlement for a couple of reasons…

If she tells you one amount and it’s too low you might be upset with her, believing the amount to be too little. This happens all too often. An attorney quotes an amount and the client goes off and talks with his friends. His friends tell him they know so and so, and so and so had a similar case and got 10 times that amount. This is a way to undermine the attorney-client relationship.

If, on the other hand your attorney quotes a high amount and she settles for less, or the jury verdict comes in with a lesser amount, the client thinks the attorney didn’t do a very good job. The best thing we can tell you is to trust your attorney.

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

Best of luck,

Published: November 4, 2011

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