Legal Question in Personal Injury in Ohio
I got in a wreck and broke my shoulder, the dr said it will hurt everyday for the rest of my life. How much money should I ask the insurance company for?
2 Answers from Attorneys
The amount of money you should ask for depends entirely on your present injuries, their severity, and the permanency. Understand, too, that if the insurance company believes you were at fault, they may not offer anything. Depending on the insurance company your are dealing with, you may not get a reasonable settlement offer before filing suit. In this case, a lawsuit should be filed to protect your right to full and fair compensation for your injuries. You have 2 years to file a lawsuit from the date of the accident. While retaining an attorney will decrease the overall amount of compensation you will receive (as the attorney will take his or her fee from the recovery), it will guarantee that your rights are best protected. My advice is to retain an attorney so that (1) you can go on with your life without having to deal with insurance adjusters and (2) your legal rights can best be protected.
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Simon W. Johnson
I agree with Mr. Johnson. I would emphasize that each case is unique and that a determination of the value of your case depends upon a number of factors. For example: Did you suffer a wage loss? Does your injury continue to affect your activities of daily living, work, etc.? Are your medical bills still outstanding? Has your physician determined a percentage of permanent impairment? Has your spouse, if any, been affected by the accident? These are just some of the considerations that an attorney specializing in auto accident cases can help you to analyze.
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