There is no way to calculate the average settlement for back pain from a car accident. Each accident case is different, and victims suffer dramatically varying injuries that can all trigger back pain. This makes it impossible to take an average settlement and apply it to other cases.
To learn how much your claim might be worth, you should work with a car accident attorney who will investigate the crash, review your medical records, value your losses, and include your pain and suffering in your insurance claim.
What Types of Back Injuries Are Common in Traffic Accidents?
Collisions cause significant enough forces to injure almost any part of your body. This includes your neck, back, and spinal column. Some common back injuries in these crashes include:
- Fractures vertebrae
- Sprains and soft tissue injuries
- Spinal stenosis
- Herniated discs
If you have any pain, stiffness, or discomfort in your back following a collision, it is a good idea to see a doctor right away. These injuries can be serious. If the paramedics who respond to the crash recommend immobilizing you and going to the nearest emergency department, this is a good idea.
Once you see a doctor, they will evaluate your injuries. They may ask about the accident and your symptoms, as well as any history of back pain or injuries. They will also order imaging to assess your back, which could include an X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
Treatment for back pain after an accident depends greatly on the injury. It could include:
- Spinal stabilization surgery
- Other surgical procedures
- Inpatient rehabilitation
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Pain management
- Ongoing support and care for those with spinal cord involvement
What if I Have Lasting Effects From My Injured Back?
When most people think of suffering a back injury in a crash, they jump to spinal cord injuries and paralysis. However, many people suffer long-term injuries and impairments without spinal cord involvement. This may include:
- Chronic pain
- Nerve damage
- Limited range of motion
Those who suffer back injuries and have long-term effects could miss weeks or even months of work. In addition, they may not be able to return to their previous job because of the pain or the medications they take to manage it. They could also lose the ability to participate in activities they previously enjoyed.
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What Damages Can I Recover for My Back Pain From a Car Accident?
When an attorney seeks damages for a client with back injuries, they must take into account all the economic and non-economic effects. This means they should seek a fair and just payout that includes:
- Medical care costs
- Future treatment and support needs
- Ongoing pain management or other expenses
- Lost income for time missed at work
- Diminished ability to work and earn
- Property damages, including car repairs
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced quality of life
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
The best way to understand how much would be in a fair compensation package is to work with a lawyer who understands the significant effects of back pain, both today and in the future. They will value your case, including your intangible losses, and demand an appropriate payout from the at-fault driver’s insurer.
Building a Case to Hold the at-Fault Driver Responsible
Holding a motorist accountable for their bad behavior behind the wheel requires an investigation. This leads to a wealth of evidence that could include:
- The accident report filed by responding officers
- Accident reconstructions
- Video or photos of the crash
- Eyewitness testimony
- Physical evidence
- Relevant medical records
- Medical expert testimony
- Documentation of damages
With this evidence, the victim can prove that the at-fault party acted negligently. This requires showing:
- They had a duty to do something to keep the victim safe
- They did not do so
- This led to the crash
- The victim suffered financial and physical harm
Do I Need a Car Accident Attorney to Sue the Driver Who Hit Me?
In most car accident claims, the insurer agrees to a fair settlement outside of court. Often, there is no need to sue. However, there are specific procedures and deadlines that apply when a lawsuit is necessary. You will want to work with an attorney to navigate this process.
In general, deadlines for filing a lawsuit could include:
- Up to two years in Alabama (Ala. Code § 6-2-38)
- Up to three years in Arkansas (Ark. Code Ann. § 16-56-105)
- Up to one year in Louisiana (La. Civ. Code Art. 3492)
- Up to three years in Mississippi (Miss. Code Ann. § 15-1-49)
Circumstances specific to your accident case could give you even less time to act, so getting started as soon as possible is essential.
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