If I fell at a restaurant and had $8,000 in medical expenses, how much should I ask to settle for?
Question Details: I tripped and fell on a rug in a hotel restaurant when the toe of my shoe caught under a wrinkle in the rug. I fell through the restaurant entrance door on my left side; hitting my hip, leg and hands on the floor and the door swung back and hit my head and shoulder. I was taken by ambulance to the Monterey hospital emergency room where I was X-rayed and treated and had a follow-up visit a few days later. The restaurant management agreed the hotel should take responsibility for my medical expenses because the rug was worn and did not lay flat. Because of the pain and injuries, I had to cancel the last 2 weeks of a vacation with my husband and return home. After I returned, I had chiropractic treatment, care by my family physician, pain management doctor and psychologist. I have a preexisting complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) in my right knee. The doctors agree this fall added to the CRPS. I have been in contact with the hotel insurance company and I am in the process of attempting to settle this issue.