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I fell in a department store over a rack in the isle. I hurt my back and have been under a doctors care. The department store now wants to settle and I don't know how much to ask for. The medical expenses so far have reached over $5,000 and the injury will not go away and is not bad enough now to have surgery. But who knows in the future how it will be. How much do I ask for and how do I go covering my future expenses?


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As the other reply suggested, you need to consult with an experienced injury attorney. many factors go into the value of a claim. One factor is the liability as no matter how severely injured, if one cannot prove fault on the other party then the claim is worth nothing; thus often the value of cases that have liability problems must be discounted to take this liability issue into account. Insofar as damages are concerned, ultimately the value of a case is what a jury would likely award; juries do not take any formulas into jury rooms-only the evidence. Therefore one factor is the conservative nature of the jury; the jury also judges credibility, therefore the way the victim comes across as well as the treating docs also affects the value; then, the value also depends on the evidence as to the nature and extent of the injury and what is its long term affects on employment and on the simple ability to enjoy life, as well as what are the meds and what medically probably will you endure in the future as a result of the injury (based upon the medical testimony) are just a few of the factors that affect value; then must also consider the costs of going to trial, including costs of experts needed to prove case--that why sometimes a settlement that less than what a trial verdict that would award may sometimes actually net the client more. These are just some of the reasons why it necessary to have an experienced trial attorney who can better help weigh all these variables. Based on factors such as those above, seek the advice of experienced trial counsel
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