There is no average settlement for car accident injuries. If you are seeking compensation for a back and neck injury, the settlement you receive could depend on how serious the injuries are and whether you can persuade the liable party’s insurance company to pay what you ask.
You May Be Able to Recover Economic and Non-Economic Damages
There are two main types of compensation that accident victims can claim. These are economic damages and non-economic damages.
Economic damages reflect any financial losses you would not have sustained had it not been for the accident. They may include:
- Loss of income, or the wages you could not earn while you recuperated from your back and neck injuries
- Loss of earning capacity, or the wages you expected to earn throughout your career but now cannot due to how your injuries have affected your physical and/or mental capabilities
- Medical expenses, or the money you spent to save your life, heal your injuries to the extent possible, or manage injury symptoms
- Repair expenses, or the money you spent to fix your car, buy a new car, or get around by other means (e.g., public transportation) while your car was being fixed
Non-economic damages serve as compensation for the physical, mental, and emotional injuries you would not have sustained had it not been for the accident. Common examples include:
- Pain and suffering, or the ways in which the accident has impacted your physical and emotional well-being
- Reduced quality of life, or the ways in which your injuries prevent you from living the way you did before the accident
- Disfigurement, or the severe scarring that permanently affects your appearance or range of motion
- Disability, or the ways in which your injuries keep you from using certain body parts to the extent you used to
Recoverable Damages in Wrongful Death Cases
These economic and non-economic damages are available in both personal injury and wrongful death cases. A wrongful death may also entitle you to additional damages, such as:
- Loss of financial support, or the money that your deceased loved one used to contribute to the household
- Loss of companionship, or the ways in which your loved one made your life better and happier
- Funeral expenses, or the money you spent laying your loved one to rest
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We Can Pursue a Car Accident Settlement
Our firm can help you with all aspects of your case. Clients appreciate our “professional manner” and the fact that we go “above and beyond” to fight for them by:
- Explaining their rights: It is important to know what your rights are, how to exercise them, and how to prevent the insurance company from depriving you of them.
- Collecting all available evidence: For instance, we can ask for medical records, police reports, surveillance footage, and more.
- Assigning a value to your case: We run the numbers so you can be confident that you are asking for a fair settlement that meets your needs.
- Seeking a fair settlement: We can represent you at all meetings with the liable party’s insurance company. There, it is our job to negotiate for appropriate damages.
- Drawing up paperwork: If the insurance company makes a satisfactory offer, we can prepare the paperwork for your signature.
- Going to court: If the insurance company does not make a satisfactory offer, we can schedule court dates and present your case before a jury.
Finally, we help our clients by charging no attorney’s fees up front. Instead, we work for a percentage of whatever compensation we recover. If we cannot recover anything, then we do not expect our clients to pay attorney’s fees.
Other Factors to Be Aware of
Your settlement – and your ability to seek a settlement – may be affected by factors such as the following:
- Your state’s statute of limitations: This is a deadline before which you must begin your lawsuit. The exact deadline is different in each state, and may also depend on the circumstances of the car accident.
- Other circumstances: Depending on your case’s specifics – who you plan to sue, for instance – the deadline for filing may be even shorter than your state’s statute of limitations specifies.
- Other state laws: Some states have other rules that affect people’s right to sue. As an example, some states set a maximum for the amount of non-economic damages victims can seek.
What do your state’s laws say about personal injury lawsuits, and how can you navigate them to get a quick and fair settlement? We can go over all of that with you.
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