What Percent of Medical Costs is Typical for Pain and Suffering?

by Bill
(Thomaston, Maine)

I'd like to know what a typical pain and suffering percentage is won, based on medical costs. I've heard 3 to 4 times, I've also heard 10 times. I've never heard 67% which is what was offered. Are they trying to lowball me?

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ANSWER for "What Percent of Medical Costs is Typical for Pain and Suffering?":

It sounds like the figure you are quoting is actually what you would receive after your attorney takes his or her fee. The standard contingency fee is 33.3% which would then leave you with 67%.

In terms of a settlement figure, it is usually 2.5 to three times your medical bills plus out-of-pocket expenses and lost wages. This is not to say that all insurance companies start off at this figure.

When a party is unrepresented, many insurance companies will actually "low ball" to use your term, in hopes that a lay person will not know any better. At the same time, it often takes a skilled attorney to get the figure to the top dollar you are entitled to... which then gets you to that magic 67%.

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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by: buddy holly lives

The accident zone (accidentzone.com) says take the medical expenses and then times it by 1.9 to 2.4.

So for example if the med is $2,500, the settlement is anywhere from $2,500 to $10,800. I know it is a big range but there is so many variables that is ridiculous.

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