How much should I ask for or what amount should I expect from an auto accident settlement that wasnt my fault?

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How much should I ask for or what amount should I expect from an auto accident settlement that wasnt my fault?

My 9 year old son and I were in a car accident

Monday. The other driver was at fault he crossed

the center line and hit us head-on. I got a bloody

nose from the airbag and bruise on my shoulder from

the seatbelt. My son got a burn/scrape on his neck

from the seatbelt. We went to the doctor the next day

to be checked out because my neck began to hurt.

My son was cleared as he had no pain, the dr

ordered an x-ray of my neck and diagnosed me with

whiplash and prescribed muscle relaxers. Thursday

my back started hurting so I went back and an x-ray

of my back was ordered and I was started in physical

therapy. The other drivers insurance company will

have to get back to me but I think my truck, a 2017

Chevy Silverado Z71 crew can will be totaled. The

accident happened in VA, I live in KY. Between my

truck damage, medical bills and injury, how much

should I ask for or expect to get in my settlement? I

have never been thru anything like this before so I

dont really know how it all works

Asked on April 22, 2018 under Personal Injury, Kentucky

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Your property damage claim is separate from your personal injury claim.
The property damage claim will be based on the value of the truck.
It is not possible to determine what you may receive as a personal injury settlement because you haven't completed your medical treatment.  When you complete your medical treatment and are released by the doctor or are declared by the doctor to be permanent and stationary, which means having reached a point in your medical treatment where no further improvement is anticipated, obtain your medical bills, medical reports and documentation of wage loss.  Your claim filed with the at-fault party's insurance carrier should include those items.
Compensation for the medical bills is straight reimbursement.  The medical reports document your injury and are used to determine compensation for pain and suffering which is an amount in addition to the medical bills.  Compensation for wage loss is straight reimbursement.
The total medical bills, all medical reports and especially the final medical report, and total wage loss will need to be obtained in order to determine how much to seek in a settlement.
For example, with regard to pain and suffering, if you fully recover, you would receive less compensation for pain and suffering than if you have residual complaints.
If the case is settled with the at-fault party's insurance carrier, NO lawsuit is filed.
If you are dissatisfied with settlement offers from the at-fault party's insurance carrier, reject the settlement offers and file a lawsuit for negligence against the at-fault party.
If the case is NOT settled, your lawsuit for negligence against the at-fault party must be filed prior to the expiration of the applicable statute of limitations or you will lose your rights forever in the matter.
 


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