Hi, this is my first post on here and I was hoping I could get some advice. About two years ago a family member (who is about sixty now) was caught in an industrial accident. He ended up under some heavy equipment, which ripped off a finger and shattered both of his legs below the knee. After two years of painful reconstructive surgery (about eighteen in all) he finally had to have his legs amputated. The lawyers heís using now originally threw around figures in the millions to get him to sign, stating that the settlement would be based off of 3x medical. Flashing forward to now their telling him the figure will now be about 100 to 200k. After doing some research I found that this would probably be accurate as a base amount (being around 66% of his salary for a number of weeks based off of complete loss of two legs and a finger). However, this seems very inaccurate given his needs (given that the average prosthetic plus shower legs would consume that amount within a few years). In any event Iíve got two questions:
1. Is that figure accurate, given complete loss of a finger and both legs? I know settlement questions are all too common on here, but I hope someone may have had similar circumstances.
2. Has the comp law changed much in two years? And if so would he qualify under the old mandates or have to stick with the laws as they stand now? Iím wondering if the lawyer is missing some aspect that would benefit him (unlikely I know, but then they were throwing around the initial figures).
I would greatly appreciate anyoneís insight into this. Thank you.