Should I settle or get a lawyer if I was injured at a store?

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Should I settle or get a lawyer if I was injured at a store?

The injury was 100% the store’s fault. They had a broken door that was broken

for over 3 years. My injury was not severe but it has affected activities with my

children and work. I’m self-employed as a Lyft driver and I injured my driving foot.The adjuster offered $500 which I felt was low. She then went to $750. Is it worth getting a lawyer or should I settle?

Asked on June 26, 2018 under Personal Injury, New Jersey


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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

The settlement offers you have received from the adjuster should be rejected.  You should receive compensation for your medical bills and compensation for pain and suffering which is an amount in addition to the medical bills.  You should also receive compensation for wage loss if you can document it.  That may be difficult since you are self-employed.
Compensation for the medical bills is straight reimbursement.  Compensation for pain and suffering is as mentioned above an amount in addition to the medical bills.  Compensation for pain and suffering is based on the medical reports.  Compensation for wage loss is straight reimbursement.
If you are dissatisfied with settlement offers, your only recourse is to sue the store for negligence.
It would be advisable to be represented by a personal injury attorney. The attorney's contingency fee will be a percentage of the amount recovered.

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