What is a pinky worth in an accident?
Ok I have searched all over the netz and can not find anything about this so I bring this to you the smart people of poor skills. Readers digest version while we where at our families timeshare( we dont own it and it was my mom's year and given to us so we didnt have to pay for it, so please don't go there about a time share not being a poor skill) This Jan in Florida my husband fell in the hall due to water being all over the tile floor that he could not see, low lights no signs, and a dark hallway. He fell and broke his pinky they call it a boxers fracture. We were treated like scum by the time share, and they even admit they did alot of things wrong they have since give our family back the week and even a gift certificate to The resort for a week. The certficate was not due to the accident but was due to rude staff, the room being messed up as well and all sorts of little things and also treating our guest whom wanted to buy a time share rudely and ruined her time there as well, and us not getting ours points for her stay. After they came and took pictures of his hand and the hall and admitting liability. They finally told us to go to Celebration hospital which gives a whole new meaning to Mickey Mouse Hosptial ( it actually is) people eating and drinking and puking in the waiting room and none being helped. We waited 5 hrs to be seen and then was not even seen by a dr even though we requested on several occations. They played games with us the whole time never offered him ice then could not understand why his hand was so swollen and in FL they dont cast. In WI you would go the er be seen by a freaking MD and an ortho if need be and then casted and sent on your way not there. the PA was rude and when we asked questions of the nursing staff because we could not understand what she was saying as she had such a thick accent you sounded like she had marbles in her mouth she got pissed and said " what the fuck dont they understand i made it clear? " and then she proceeded to type one finger at a time on the computer the discharge which ended up being wrong right down to the wrong finger. Thus started our downward sprial all week we could not use all our tickets we had planed to go to several parkes( had gotten special no refund tixs) and had gone one day each before he feel we got screwed and could not use the rest of the days on he tixs because we could not go in large groups of people for fear thy would bump his splinted ( and not very securely) hand. he was also heavely medicated and in alot of pain. They also kept screwing us on the date for his cast which never did happen while we were in the state for FL. We would wait for calls that never came made more calls and still didnt get straight time or answers. We chased around trying to find a dr that would help all wanted at least 700 $ cash to do it. We tried to get the hosptial to help us they would not. And the drs office that claimed to be his dr of record was no help at all cuz they never saw him. And argued about the discharge papers like he didnt know what freaking finger was broken. When finally on friday almost a week later they basicly made us go to a free clinic and sit for another 5 hrs waiting to be seen so he could get yet another splint and no dr was seen again that time, even tho we were told on the phone we would be allowed to voice our thoughts to the dr when we saw him on Friday at the clinic apparently ortho's are to good for the common man and are only available to surgery consults and surgery. As i said it was a nightmare he was on drugs most of the week for the pain so we could not do jack for that reason as well and i had to drive home most of the way because of him being on said drugs that took us longer than we thought as well. Not to mention driving all over FL trying to find the stupid places we were told to go and then getting there and noone would help us. We we got back to WI our ortho cast him told him the splint that they had put him in was wrong and the bone didnt heal right but that it would heal. His pinky now perminatly bends.That crooked way oprah's does or madonna's does in her dont cry of me agentina video. They have not paid any of the hospital bills and some have gone to collections already. Now a company has contacted us about them wanting us to settle with some settlement company over the net they give offers we give offers and they match them it does not cost us anything. They will not tell us their offers and they dont tell ours so we never know if were even close they do this 3 times, then if we want they will mediate. The thing is we do not know what to ask for other than his bills. My husband was not working at the time due to a back injury that may or many not lead him to perminent labor disability and he may only be allowed to do seditary work so his hands will be even more important then. He has some pain now and again and still really does not have a knuckle there that you can see. I know a pinky may not seem like alot but we dont want to low ball ourselves either. Were probably looking at about 3000$ in medical bills. And no we didnt have insurance, So i am sure that has something to do with it. But friend's son just broke his arm in FL they live there about 3 hrs from where we were and they treated them the same way and they do have insurnace. So i dont know.... Any ideas folks ?? We could really use the money, who can not right now, so we dont want to screw ourselves. Thank you for any help you can give!! EDIT: forgot to add we tried calling some atty's in the area and ask them about what an injury like this would be worth. But none would really give us an answer without coming and paying a fee to discuss it. To them its small case and would be easy and an easy money maker tho not very lucritive for them i am sure. And I am sure were not gonna get tons of money but what we do get we would like to keep and not have to pay to a lawyer.