soft tissue injury
I was rear ended in a car accident and suffered a soft tissue injury because a company vehicle was being driven, though it had bad breaks. My total medical bills are close to $8000. I had no preexisting injuries to my neck prior to this accident. My lawyer seems to think that $12-$15,000 is a fair settlement for a soft tissue case, and is pressuring me to consider settling for that amount. He tells me it's very unlikely I will get more than that being that it is a soft tissue case. I feel that is an unfair amount because once I pay him and the Dr. I am left with nothing, and whatever happened to money for pain and suffering? Is he telling me the truth and should I take his advice and settle, or should I seek a new attorney?
1 Answer from Attorneys
Re: soft tissue injury
Valuing a case is very difficult, especially without all of the information and records, but your attorney is probably correct. In many counties in North Carolina, such as Wake and Mecklenburg (Raleigh and Charlotte), most verdicts are "conservative" (i.e. low) for this type of case.
You should, however, receive at least one-third of the settlement amount. Your lawyer should discuss this with you. He may be able to have the doctors reduce their bills too, which they often can do.