Personal Injury Pain and Suffering
Torn Rotator Cuff with Surgery

I was in an automobile accident and suffered a torn rotator cuff as a result. I ultimately had to have surgery to repair the tear. My advice, don't have surgery if you don't absolutely have too. It's very painful and after 4 months I still do not have total mobility.

I also have emotional and mental distress from the accident. I was in a no fault accident about 10 years ago which resulted in the death of the other driver and I retired on disability due to the accident. I now have fibromyalgia as a result and the recent accident has made me feel even worse.

This accident recreated memories I have been fighting to get rid of and I have nightmares and sleep issues. I have anxieties while driving and as a passenger. I have had surgery for my shoulder, continue to see a psychologist and still struggling with physical therapy.

Even though I am not close to settling with the insurance company, I have been looking at settlement calculators. Most have a selection for lost wages, even though I do not work, what do I put in this selection. Also hearing what I am going through, what would be a fair offer to ask as a settlement.

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Torn Rotator Cuff with Surgery

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Feb 01, 2011
Suggestions for Personal Injury Settlements
by: mat

First of all I want to say I am really sorry to hear all the pain you have been going through. Hopefully you will be able to recover from this.

You asked about how much to ask for a settlement like this. I want to first say that I am not a lawyer or a legal expert. So do not take this as legal advice.

Here is what I would suggest:
Yes a lot calculators use lost wages in their calculation. This is to compensate people for their immediate financial setback. If you are not working, has the accident prevented you from doing any tasks that could lead to you earning income? For example, will you be unable to go on interviews now? Will this hurt your future income? If so, you can use that to do a quick estimate. The formula is generic and might not apply to you.

As far as how much you can get that will depend on many factors. First, if you recall from the personal injury settlements calculator, the biggest influence on your final settlement value is the pain multiplier. Obviously, the higher your pain and suffering, the larger your settlement.

Your pain multiplier would be pretty high because you experienced a serious injury and invasive surgery. You also have serious emotional and mental trauma which makes you likely to get a high settlement.

It's hard to give you an exact number since your case involves very specific situations that can't be generalized to give you a dollar amount. Remember, the most important benefit of the using injury calculators is to help you understand what goes into your final settlement.

Your best option is to discuss your case with a personal injury lawyer. I understand people are hesitant on paying for lawyer but your injuries are too serious. You should definitely make sure you have expert help.

I hope that helps. Please keep us informed of your progress.

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