Probably once a month I get asked, “Is there a minimum personal injury settlement amount?”

What is The Minimum Personal Injury Settlement Amount?

With a personal injury case there is no guaranteed minimum settlement amount.

But there are exceptions to your settlement amount

Theoretically, a person could settle their case for one dollar or fifty cents. In the real world, perhaps the question is, “If I have a very very small injury–let’s say I hurt my neck–I got checked out in the emergency room, took some Aspirin for three days and I’m fine, and the only bill I had to pay was a fifty dollar deductible to my health insurance. Am I going to be able to find a lawyer?”

Typically I would say no. You probably won’t be able to find a lawyer. Because–at least speaking for myself–it kind of doesn’t make any sense for either you the client, or for me. So there’s no minimum amount.

What if the accident is a minor one? Can I negotiate the settlement myself?

On the other hand, if the accident is that minor, and the other person’s at fault, there’s no reason for you not to call up the other person’s insurance company and just negotiate a small settlement on your own.



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Andy Gillin

Andy Gillin received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California at Berkeley and his law degree from the University of Chicago. He is the managing partner of GJEL Accident Attorneys and has written and lectured in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury law for numerous organizations. Andy is a highly recognized wrongful death lawyer in California.