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is this a good settlement?

car accident, hit from behind pushed into car in front. jefferson06/09/17
Sounds good on its face, assuming no ongoing problems. What karlfarbman06/09/17
cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) naproxen (Naprosyn) physical jefferson06/09/17
Yeah I meant bills I guess I should've been clearer, but lik karlfarbman06/09/17
Sounds good to me, assuming property damages are paid separa hankstamper06/09/17
Medical bills were only the copay. Thanks for input! jefferson06/09/17
Advise the client to take it and move on with his life. $2,0 trickydick06/09/17
Depends on what the med expenses were. Sounds like your clie tcpaul06/09/17
jefferson (Jun 9, 2017 - 3:36 pm)

car accident, hit from behind pushed into car in front.

Offered $6K personal injury.

plaintiff is early 70s, went to dr once and was prescribed pain meds and muscle relaxer; went again and was cleared; hasn't gone back.

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karlfarbman (Jun 9, 2017 - 3:52 pm)

Sounds good on its face, assuming no ongoing problems. What were her meds?

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jefferson (Jun 9, 2017 - 4:03 pm)

cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril)
naproxen (Naprosyn)

physical exam negative on everything except for

Musculoskeletel: positive for back pain. negative for joint swelling and neck stiffness

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karlfarbman (Jun 9, 2017 - 5:14 pm)

Yeah I meant bills I guess I should've been clearer, but like hankstamper said it sounds like $1k tops if there was no ER visit.

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hankstamper (Jun 9, 2017 - 4:43 pm)

Sounds good to me, assuming property damages are paid separately. I'd assume his medical bills are $1000 or less, so if you pay the meds/subrogation (if client had PIP), you take 33% (2K), then client should get around $3k for relatively little pain/suffering. If no ongoing issues, sounds okay.

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jefferson (Jun 9, 2017 - 5:39 pm)

Medical bills were only the copay.

Thanks for input!

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trickydick (Jun 9, 2017 - 5:11 pm)

Advise the client to take it and move on with his life. $2,000 in attorney's fees for two hours of work is a bargain.

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tcpaul (Jun 9, 2017 - 5:33 pm)

Depends on what the med expenses were. Sounds like your client treated on their own rather than be taken to the hospital by ambulance, which reduces the value a lot in terms of both medical specials and the impact on a jury's perception of the injury. $6k could be really good depending on the medical expenses but if it was a pre-suit first offer you could probably get more. I'd maybe counter and try to get them up to 2-3 times gross meds. Although I agree with trickydick's sentiment, a couple 5 minute phone calls might get you a couple grand more. Good luck!

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