How much should I settle for if I was in a car accident and injured?

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How much should I settle for if I was in a car accident and injured?

The guy who hit me was arrested and has multiple charges along with the DUI. My car is totaled so I know I will get the value of my car from the insurance company. I did go to the doctor who said I have whiplash. I have not missed any work, but have had about 10 days of pain and discomfort in my neck. I want to know the value of whiplash and pain? Since the insurance company will want me to settle, I need to know what is a fair value to settle for on the pain and discomfort. I assume that since it was a drunk driver they would want to settle it instead of take it to a jury who would not have any sympathy for a drunk driver who fled the scene of an accident he was responsible for. I know the value of my car would be about 5000.00 since it is

Asked on November 2, 2015 under Personal Injury, Montana

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

You can typically get your out-of-pocket (not paid by insurance) medical costs. If you only have about 10 days of "pain and discomfort," you might get an additional "pain and suffering award" of *maybe* $500 (or less)--though if you were in relatively so little pain that you did not even miss work, it's quite possible you would not get anything for pain and suffering. 10 days of discomfort simply is not worth much in the law.


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