Coverage for Bodily injury

by cxchih » Fri Jul 04, 2008 03:48 am
Posts: 2
Joined: 04 Jul 2008

If you happen to be involved in an accident where you are at fault of hurting the other person then your liability insurance is supposed to pay for the damages. Similarly if you are hurt as a result of somebody else's fault then their bodily liability insurance will come into play.

Your bodily liability injury not just protects the party injured but also his passengers (if any) and the passengers in your car (if any). Besides this it also covers the legal costs of defending yourself in court if the other party decides to sue you after an accident.

Do you need bodily injury liability insurance?

If you drive regularly or even almost regularly, you need bodily injury insurance. Most states require you to have a minimum amount of coverage and there are also some states that don't make this insurance mandatory. However, accidents usually don't come with a warning, so if you are a regular driver do get your liability insurance.

Why would you need bodily injury insurance?

The cost of treating someone in hospital can be high. Treatment can be expensive and if you have to bear it out-of-pocket all at once it can be a real burden. An accident can lead to law suits against you. You surely didn't save money for some law suit that might come up against you. Liability insurance not just pays for the liability you have towards others but also for legal suits to protect you. A third party may sue you even if you are not at fault at an accident and BI coverage protects you in any case.

Related Readings

I had a car accident 2.5 years ago. My car was totalled and I got paid for the car loss by the defendant's insurance company. I have been having low back pain, hip pain and leg pain on my right side since the accident. I was diagnosed with disc protrusion. I have had physical therapy, facet injections, ESIs, accupuncture, taking anti-inflammatory medicines, etc, but nothing had worked so far. My medical bills come to $45,000, my out of pocket payment (deductible) is about $4,500. I didn't have actual wage loss since I am paid salary not hourly. My treatment is still going on.

The defendant/trucking company hired an attorney. I had a deposition two months ago and a deposition with my primary doctor was scheduled in late July. Today, my lawyer told me that the defendant attorney made a bodily injury offer of $50,000 which will leave me about $15,000. My attorney called this offer a decent one. Considering the suffering that I have had and future treatment, plus $4,500 that I have paid out of pocket for the medical bills, I don't feel this is a fair offer.

Should I accept their bodily injury settlement offer? Have anyone come across such a bodily injury claim settlement before?

I appreciate your comments.

Total Comments: 33

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 05:46 am Post Subject:

Bodily injury claim settlement is always the most tricky part in any auto insurance claim process. Its difficult to ascertain an exact amount for the pain and sufferings.

However, you can ask your physician to anticipate the cost of the future medication and to add to the cost you have incurred so far. It'll give you a fair idea about the volume of the claim, though, to me their $50,000 bodily injury settlement sounds decent.


Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 06:03 am Post Subject:

No one can tell you if you should accept the bodily injury claim settlement offer. Especially people who have only read a short paragraph to encapsulate the entire 2 1/2 years.

I'm not understanding the math... but I guess those numbers are possible depending on the state where the accident happened.

Should you accept this is _entirely_ up to you. If you have a good attorney, he will be giving you good advise. Of course, he could just want a quick buck and to never step foot in a court room.

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 06:10 am Post Subject:

Hi, please clear my confusion....the responsible party has offered you a compensation package of $50,000 for bodily injury settlement and you have incurred $45,000 worth of medical expenses, hence you're left with $5,000 only ($50,000-$45,000).

How you have arrived at the $15,000 figure? :?

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 06:20 am Post Subject:

I thought about that also. Only thing that came to mind is if it's a PIP (no-fault) state that is non-recoverable. For example, Florida has $10k in PIP that cannot be subrogated. So the injured person's own PIP would pay $10k of $45k in meds, leaving $35k in meds left to pay. $50k bodily injury settlement offer would leave $15k. But of course this does not account for the difference in the OP's post and $10k in PIP is pretty high.

If the other party's bodily injury settlement offer is $50k, the attorney is going to take $16,500 off the top, leaving $33,500 for everything else. It's possible that the attorney might know that he can get the med bill reduced but the numbers still just don't add up.

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 12:02 pm Post Subject: More info

Thanks for your replies.

Here is info to clear up the confusion.

Total medical bills: $45,000
The bills paid by my medical insurance to providers: $28,000 at a discount rate. My attorney said he can get this reduced to around $12,000.
The bills from a provider not covered by my med insurance: $8,000.(will be reduced by my attorney)

Total paid from my out of pocket: $4,500

I got hit by a trailor-truck(18 wheeler). I am in Texas. I don't have a PIP.

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 01:56 pm Post Subject:

I did the math 6 ways to Sunday and it still can't get it to add up.

If your medical insurance company has already paid $28,000 to various providers, how can your attorney get the medical insurance company to reduce this to $12,000? They can't go back to the people they paid and ask for their money back.

$50,000 bodily injury settlement
-$12,000 medical bills
-$4,500 your out of pocket expenses
-$15,000 your portion of the settlement
$18,500 going to the attorney

Does this look correct?

If so... you underwent 2 1/2 years of medical treatment and for all of this you are getting $15,000. How many hours has your attorney put into this? For that he's making $18,500... much more then you?

BTW - the math is still not exact as 33% of $50,000 is $16,500 (what your attorney should make on a $50,000 settlement) but it's close.

What are the bodily injury liability limits of the other party? More then $50,000?

As mentioned, no one here can tell you what a good settlement would be. What I can tell you is that you need to determine if you believe your attorney in that it's a good settlement or if he just wants to walk away with $18,500 for a few hours worth of work. If he goes to court he will need to invest _many_ (MANY) more hours into your case. So unless the amount of the settlement was greatly increased, he'd actually make less money. Of course, if it's increase by $100 you still make more money. But there is also the possibility that the settlement could be far less if it went to court.

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 01:57 pm Post Subject:

One concern you might want to think about and I know atty said he can reduce it...But more than likely your health carrier will require repayment for what they have paid, be it 18k or still is going back to them....

Also anticipated future treatments....What is the policy limit? If it's a truck line it's likely may be a decent offer, but come on...NO BODY should accept the first bodily injury settlement offer... :roll:

Posted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 03:55 pm Post Subject:

It's very important to remember that this suit in is Texas. Texas awards for pain and suffering are typically WAY lower than other jurisdictions. Even depending on where you are in Texas can make a big difference.

Re: meds: OP's health insurance Co paid out $28000 in beneifits to doctor's. They have a subrogation claim against OP for said amount. It is very common for the health insurer to agree to reduce thier subrogation claim in these case, although reducction of $28 to $12k by that lawyer would be more than normally expected. On $28k, I would normally expect a reduction to around $15 or $18k.

The other medicals not covered by insurance were most likley lawyer referred providers who treated OP under a letter of protection. The laywer can proabbly cut those numbers in 1/2.

In all, if the lawyer can actually get OP $15,000 in pocket. That may not be all that bad. With that being said, if this is thier first offer, I'd expect there's more money to be had.

Ultimately, there's so many facts and variables in each case, it's up to you and your lawyer to decide whether this is fair or not.

Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 04:38 pm Post Subject:

The amount that they are attempting to pay to you is what we call a harassment payment. If the bodily injury settlement offer is an even number, they know that this could get much larger and that your attorney does not want to go to court. If you feel that your attorney is not doing a good job, get rid of him now!

Add your comment

Enter the characters shown in the image.