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Personal injury lawyers will usually base the sought amount on the amount of the medical damages multiplied by some amount between 2 and 10 times depending on the severity of the injury and the length and nature of any resulting disability. Once that amount is reached then any further damages (including loss of earnings, costs and expenses) are added.
If this case came into my office I would probably look for a recovery somewhere in the $5000 to $7500 amount. However, I am in Tennessee and I strongly recommend placing a phone call to a local lawyer. California is a very diverse state and some areas are relatively conservative (with lower jury awards) and some are much more liberal (with more generous jury awards). Only a local practitioner can give you that insight and help you base your demand on a realistic recovery potential.
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