Would $600 be a good monetary compensation to settle for after a spilled coffee incident? 10 Answers as of August 25, 2015

Would a compensation of $600 be a good offer for settlement for this incident? My daughter and son were waiting for their order at a fast food place last week, when a cup of hot coffee was spilled onto my son's chest and arm. After seeing a doctor, we were told that it was good that he was wearing a vest or else the injury could have been worse. We informed the manager of what happened and the insurance called us to negotiate the offer almost immediately.

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Morrin Law Office
Morrin Law Office | Robert A. Morrin
Generally, the first offer in such situations is very low. Unless your son had a serious injury then you should go ahead and settle. I wish you all the best!
Answer Applies to: Kentucky
Replied: 7/6/2015
James E. Hasser, Jr. P.C.
James E. Hasser, Jr. P.C. | Jim Hasser
Maybe; maybe not. Case values differ significantly from case to case and place to place. It is the job of experienced injury lawyers to be familiar with them. Consider consulting one.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 7/3/2015
Law Ofices of Edwin K. Niles | Edwin K. Niles
Hard to evaluate on such slight information, but if there are no medical expenses to be paid and no residual effects, OK. But try for more; tell them the lawyer said it?s worth $2,000 and see what happens.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/3/2015
Law Offices of Ronald A. Steinberg & Associates | Ronald A. Steinberg, BA, MA, JD
It depends.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 8/25/2015
Law Office of Lisa Hurtado McDonnell | Lisa Hurtado McDonnell
It doesn't sound like your son wasn't injured, most personal injury settlements are based on injury which is medical bills and lost of income. Sounds like they understand they were negligent but there was no injury so the offer is the best you are likely to get without injury.
Answer Applies to: Utah
Replied: 7/2/2015
    Gates' Law, PLLC | Thomas E. Gates
    There does not appear to have been damages/injuries; hence, any offer is good.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 7/2/2015
    Adler Law Group, LLC
    Adler Law Group, LLC | Lawrence Adler
    It is only good if you have no medical bill, no scaring and no ongoing problems. Otherwise it should be greater.
    Answer Applies to: Connecticut
    Replied: 7/2/2015
    Kelaher Law Offices, P.A.
    Kelaher Law Offices, P.A. | James P Kelaher
    So long as your son is not going to have any permanent scarring, and assuming the coffee was spilled on your son's arm by an employee of the restaurant, then $600 plus the medical bills would be a good recovery.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 7/2/2015
    Andrew T. Velonis, P.C.
    Andrew T. Velonis, P.C. | Andrew Velonis
    Do you realize that you asked us to evaluate a proposed settlement without even stating what the injuries are, or why it should be the restaurant's responsibility?
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 7/2/2015
    Barry Rabovsky & Associates
    Barry Rabovsky & Associates | Barry Rabovsky
    Before answering your question about whether the offer is fair, it would be important to know whether your son will have a scar as a result of the spill.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 7/2/2015
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