What is a fair amount to ask for pain and suffering in my settlement demand letter?

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What is a fair amount to ask for pain and suffering in my settlement demand letter?

I suffered a bulging disc from an auto accident. I was rear-ended by a drunk driver while waiting at a traffic light. My medical expenses are $3,500. I continue to deal with pain on and off and will most likely need pain management and further treatment in the future. Is $15,000 plus medical and loss wages unreasonable?

Asked on September 7, 2012 under Personal Injury, Nevada

Answers:

Leigh Anne Timiney / Timiney Law Firm

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Without knowing all of fact of your case, your accident and your injury, it is difficult to give you an answer.  Personal injury settlements are based on many factors including the type of injury you suffered, the severity of the injury, the duration of your treatment, are you going to have lasting or permanent impairment, the amount of your medical bills and pain and suffering among other things.   It is difficult to give an answer without knowing everything about your case.  I would strongly suggest you contact an attorney in your area who specializes in personal injury and get a consultation.  They will be able to hear all of the facts of your case, review your medical records, and give you a more informed answer.  The insurance company is going to have an expert on their side and their job is to pay you as little as possible.  You should have an expert on your side too. 


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