My question involves an injury that occurred in the state of: TX
My wife was in an accident that was not her fault. She has suffered from a sprained thumb resulting in temporary loss of use for around 6 weeks on her primary hand. 2 Fractured ribs, a separated shoulder, severe bruising where the seat belt hit, a concussion that her resulted in ongoing headaches and she had temporary problems with one of her eyes from gas from the airbag that got into her eye. That has gone away already.
She was already on disability for Fibromyalgia along with a number of other medical problems. She occasionally volunteers at the school when she feels up to it, but she is unable to do that anymore, at least for the short term. The injuries on top of her existing conditions have made her life miserable. She cannot sleep at night because she
I realize it is going to be a while before we can settle out on the medical side of this, but I have no idea what to even ask for or what a reasonable offer would be for her pain and suffering. I don't know if I should be asking for $100, $1000, $50,000 or even $100,000.
I will say it has been a major inconvenience for us both as she is no longer able to perform basic tasks such as helping to cook and clean as well as taking the kids to school in the morning, but since she does not work at a paying job, it is difficult to put a number on it.
I am looking for suggestions as to where we should start. I will get a lawyer involved if necessary, however at this point, the insurance company is cooperating and are not showing any signs of trying to hold out.
I am just looking for a rough number so that if they come back and offer her something like $5000, I will know that is a good number and not find out a few weeks later that I could have gotten the $50k.
Edit: Just as a side note, the insurance company is the one that brought up the pain and suffering. I was not going to even ask for anything beyond paying her medical bills, but they brought up the subject last week so I am guessing it is something they are required to pay?