Visitor Question

Injury Compensation After Severe Car Crash?

Submitted By: Mike (Edmonton, Alberta)

I was in a very serious car accident 6 months ago. I broke both legs, my ankle, wrist, hand, thumb, collar bone, fractured C6 vertebrae and lost the use to my right arm and hand due to a serious brachial plexus injury (severed nerves). I am still in a wheelchair waiting for my bone graft surgery on my left leg.

Do you have any idea what injuries like this are going to be worth?

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Answer

Dear Mike,

Injuries like you have suffered will be worth a substantial amount of money because determining an over-all settlement is based upon medical bills.

Any time a person is “surgical” you can expect the medical bills to be substantial.

To gain some insight into what the claim is worth, a good rule of thumb is to take your medical bills and multiply them by 3. However, I would say that given the amount of pain you have most likely experienced, you could probably go as high as 4.5 to 5 times your medical expenses.

For example, if your medical expenses were $50,000 – begin settlement negotiations at $250,000.

Be advised that many individuals limit their insurance to $100,000. However, there are other sources of liability.

Consider all parties involved in the accident, your own insurance policy and potentially other conditions within municipality control that could have led to such a terrible accident (such as an obstructed stop sign or faulty signal light).

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: September 3, 2011

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