Ithaca, NY asked in Personal Injury for New York

Q: Injury from a store fall, I was offered $500 but don't think its fair, what would a fair offer be?

I fell from sitting on an outside chair in a store when the leg broke hitting my shoulder (which I had previous surgery on) on the floor. The maker of the chair has offered me $500 but I don't think it's a fair offer. I've had pain in this arm since it's happened, my doctor referred me to physical therapy which helps if I do the exercises everyday. It has been almost 9 months since it has happened. The offer is just covering the bills which has been incurred from the injury. I'm not sure if I will need further testing or if the pain will ever go away. If I settle with them what would be a fair counteroffer that includes the pain/suffering incurred from the fall that was the fault of the unsafe chair?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: I'm sorry about your fall. Unfortunately, it would be difficult for attorneys here to answer your question about a figure for a counteroffer. They would likely want to review your medical records, the impact of the injury on your life, time disabled/not able to work, and prognosis for improvement. One option could be to reach out to attorneys to try to arrange a consultation with a law firm that handles such cases. Free initial consults without obligation are the norm with these types of cases. I hope you're okay. Good luck

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