If I was involved in a accident and ended up getting rotory cup surgery, how much of a settlement should I accept?

After all was completed the person at fault insurance company offered me $71,000. My bills added up to $60,000 and I lost 15,000 in wages and personal expenses. Does this sound like a good settlement?

Asked on March 27, 2015 under Personal Injury, Alabama

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

No, it does not sound like a good settlement. The amount offered doesn't even cover your medical bills, lost wages and expenses--it's $4,000 short--and therefore by definition does not offer you anything at all for your pain and suffering, or the impairment, disability, and life disruption you suffered. Assuming you can document all medical bills, lost wages, and personal expenses and show they came from the accident (and that you were not the at-fault person in causing the accident), a reasonable settlement would *at least* cover the actual costs/expenses, and *should*include something--broadly speaking, maybe $5k - $25k--for the pain and suffering.


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