I was rear-ended while sitting at a stoplight. My car was totalled and I went to the hospital with neck injuries. Nothing is broken, but I have been off work for four weeks, seeing a chiropractor, an MD for pain meds, and have therapy 3 times a week. I am hoping to go back to work next week because I haven't received my 60% lost wages yet and need the money but am afraid if I go back while still in pain I will lose out when it comes time to settle. I would prefer to handle the settlement myself.Question 1. Do I need to be pain free before I go back to work or is it ok to work and still go to therapy? Question 2. How much of a settlement can I expect? When will it be time to settle?My insurance is covering all my medical bills (Florida no fault). The other insurance company was actually very generous in the payment for my totalled car.
State/Country relating to question: Florida
I am waiting at least until I go back to work to call the insurance company regarding a settlement. I have not had an MRI to rule out disk problems. I will be able to function at work but it will be painful.
Hello. My name isXXXXX am a Florida licensed attorney and I will be happy to answer your question.Are you represented by an experienced local personal injury attorney?
No, I am not using an attorney at this time. I would like to handle the settlement myself. I should have said also the accident happened on March 27, 2012 so I have been out of work for 4 weeks.
Thank you for your follow up.Unfortunately, in Florida you would not be entitled to collect any compensation for soft tissue injuries and unless you have some type of a fracture or permanent medical condition, that has resulted directly from the accident, it is unlikely that you will be able to receive any type of a settlement which would be more than couple of thousands.Personal Injury law in Florida can be extremely complex and unfortunately, many medical providers that offer "no-fault" medical treatment will tell you anything you would like to hear about potential compensation for your injury, simply so they can treat you and bill the no-fault insurance and they really do not care whether you ever collect anything for your injury or the loss of income.I would strongly urge you to consult and retain an experienced local personal injury attorney, who can evaluate your injury and your case and also your current medical treatment report and will be able to specifically advise you whether you should resume working and whether you have a valid claim for a personal injury and if your injury would in fact warrant any type of a settlement compensation award and if you have a valid claim for personal injury compensation, this attorney will be able to estimate the approximate amount of the minimum amount of the settlement that you should expect and accept.Even though most local Personal Injury attorney will charge you at least 33.3% of the amount of the settlement, you are almost guaranteed to receive more in compensation when you are represented by an attorney, than if you will try to do it on your own and the amount of overall compensation will almost always will be significantly higher, than if you try to handle it yourself, to justify the attorney's contingency fees.I would strongly suggest for you to consult and retain an experienced local Personal Injury attorney to help you with all the documents and to provide representation and guidance to you throughout this process.You can find an experienced and licensed local and Personal Injury law attorney by using these well-trusted and reliable attorney information/referral websites:www.martindale.comwww.justia.comwww.lexmundi.comwww.lawyers.comIf you are satisfied with my answer, I would appreciate if you would click on the accept button or a smiley face..Please keep in mind if you already made a deposit or on a monthly subscription plan you will not incur any additional charges, but I will only be compensated for my time and effort only if you click on ACCEPT or a Smiley Face.Bonus and positive feedback are always greatly appreciated
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