How much am I allowed to ask for a personal injury settlement?
Question Details: I moved to a new apartment.One night I went to close the window and pull the blinds when the whole construction felt on my forehead. I went to the hospital and they glued the injury. Later on, the dermatologist said that my scar will never disappear. The hospital contacted me and made an offer but I don't feel that it was fair. This is my face and I'll have this scar forever now. So how can I reject the offer and ask for fair compensation? Also, how much would be reasonable to ask for?
You are allowed to ask for anything you want--a settlement (receiving money without having to sue and bring the case all the way to trial and--hopefully!--winning the case) is voluntary, and either side can ask for or offer any amount it wants.
There is no general answer as to what would be appropriate. It depends on the size of the scar in large part; also on your career (are you in a job, like acting, sales, reception, etc., where a large or noticeable scar could affect your ability to get/hold a job or make money?); and on your age (assume that the scar and having to live with it is worth $5k/year, for the sake of argument: a 20-year old will be living with it for many more years than a 65-year old, and so the younger person will be entitled to more money).
Don't worry about how much you "could" ask for: ask for an amount that seems fair to you.