Visitor Question

What is a reasonable settlement amount for pain and suffering?

Submitted By: Larry (Columbus, Ohio)

I agreed to watch a friends dog. While walking him one day, he pulled me down and I suffered multiple injuries. I had to have surgery on my wrist and shoulder. Pins were necessary to repair the fractures. I spent 1 week in the hospital and two weeks in a nursing home. I had to be fed and have assistance when using the bathroom due to immobility of my injured limbs.

The insurance company admitted liability and has paid all my medical bills which amounted to over $127,000. I am on Medicare so I am sure they did not pay that much to the providers.

The doctors say I have permanently lost 30% mobility in my shoulder and wrist. Its now time to settle my pain and suffering. What would be a reasonable amount?

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Answer

Dear Larry,

There are some injury claims which can be adequately handled by the victim. There are other injury claims which require expert legal representation.

Let’s look at two (2) basic types of injuries.

Soft tissue injuries: (Soft tissue injuries do not always require legal representation)
Soft tissue injuries are those occurring to the soft tissue. Soft tissue injuries can include strains and sprains to muscles, ligaments, and tendons, whiplash, minor burns, abrasions and contusions, and similar injuries.

Non soft-tissue (hard injuries): (Hard injuries usually require legal representation)
Hard injuries can include fractures, spinal injuries, disk herniations, 2nd and 3rd degree burns, disfigurement, and similarly serious injuries.

Without reviewing your medical bills, medical charts, doctors’ narratives, and related medical documentation, it is difficult to suggest an amount to settle your claim for.

The seriousness of your injuries requires a thorough review of your claim by several personal injury attorneys. Most personal injury attorneys do not require any fees for initial office consultations. Gather your medical records, medical bills, receipts for medications, other out-of-pocket costs, and any other documentation. Then make several appointments with personal injury attorneys in your area. After visiting with a few of them, you will have a better idea of the viability of your claim and the amount you should seek.

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,

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