Q: What should I ask for in a vehicle accident settlement?
I was in my work vehicle and I was hit by a drunk driver who ran a red light. He did not have a drivers license, he was arrested, but his passenger fled the scene and he attempted to flee the scene in his vehicle. He hit me at a high rate of speed on my driver's side of my work vehicle. The airbags deployed. I received bruising to my right side ribs, shoulder, and arm. I went to the Emergency received a CT scan and x-ray. The CT came out clear, and the x-rays showed no breaks but possible small fractures. My lower left rib was protruding for several days. I had a severe concussion where I was unable to communicate clearly for several hours. Since then I have had problems with photophobic lighting, and on and off migraines. I am have been out of work for several days. My employer is taking care of medical bills through workmans comp, I have no worries about any financial issues when it comes to medical bills. I work for a great company with outstanding support.
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A: Every personal injury case is different and unique. Personal injury attorneys spend a lot of time on each case analyzing and evaluating its value. You'll need to hire one for that kind of analysis, which can't be achieved through a short question on this forum.
A: Fair compensation. You should ask for a fair amount of compensation. No more and no less. Now I know what your next question will be and no lawyer can answer that question without knowing more about the facts of your case. Lawyers gather the evidence about how the accident happened because knowing if there is comparative fault is an important and a critical point. Then the lawyers gather medical records, medical bills and then pay for medical reports in order to know about what is and what is not related to the damages. Damages include wage loss, reduced earning capacity, pain, suffering, permanent injury and more. There is no credible way to put a number on any case without first doing the work. Any lawyer who would place a number on your case without doing the work would be doing you a disservice and/or lying to you about what your case is worth. Go hire a lawyer.
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