When you have sustained significant injuries in a car crash, it’s natural to wonder how much to expect from a car accident settlement. Many factors help to determine the answer to this question, including the severity of your injuries. Some other factors include the dollar amount of your lost wages, medical bills, property damage, and ongoing medical expenses, medical bills as well as whether you can return to work. In terms of the other driver, a jury will likely consider whether he or she was under the influence of alcohol or drugs or acted in an especially reckless manner.
Obtaining a fair settlement often comes down to how much sympathy the jury has for your situation.
It’s our job at the law firm of Raphaelson & Levine to demonstrate the value of your claim. To do so, we will prove to the jury that the other driver bears responsibility for causing the accident and that it has greatly impacted your life. Call our car accident lawyer today at 212-268-3222 for a free evaluation of your injury claim.
A critical factor in determining the amount of your car accident settlement is proving that the actions of the other party caused your severe injuries. Because we have represented thousands of people in your situation, our attorneys have extensive knowledge about the types of injuries people receive most often after a serious car accident and symptoms often associated with these injuries.
Below are some of the most common injuries resulting from an auto accident. These injuries cause pain and suffering and will impact your auto accident settlement.
Bulging discs, herniated discs, and spinal cord injuries are the most common types of back injuries caused by car accidents. A bulging disc happens when the sudden impact of the crash causes the disc in your lower spine to swell due to the tearing of its fibers. When you have a herniated disc, it means that a piece of the structure of your spine that separates vertebra and bones has moved out of place. Both bulging and herniated discs can be extremely painful and sometimes require surgery to correct.
A spinal cord injury can be minor, but it can also cause permanent paralysis. This happens when the force of the impact bruises, breaks or shatters some or all of the bones or vertebrae in your spinal cord. The following are some of the most common symptoms of spinal cord injuries:
In terms of a personal injury lawsuit, a car accident neck injury settlement amount tends toward the higher end because it is such a serious injury. Permanent paralysis could mean a settlement in the millions while lesser injuries such as chronic back pain might mean several thousand dollars. Although stating an average car accident settlement amount is challenging, you can feel confident in our reputation as a law firm that earns top verdicts and settlements throughout New York.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and concussion, also known as mild traumatic injury (mTBI), are also common injuries after a car accident. A moderate or severe TBI usually causes a loss of consciousness as well as the following symptoms:
Concussions can be much more serious than previously believed. While the symptoms of a mild TBI can mimic those of a moderate to severe TBI, they are usually less intense and most people recover in a matter of weeks or months. Unfortunately, about 10 percent of people who experience a concussion develop a post-concussion syndrome that can last for years. Some of the most common symptoms associated with post-concussion syndrome include:
The average settlement for concussion car accident injuries has increased in recent years as people have gained a greater understanding of its long-term impact. Even so, it requires an experienced attorney fighting on your behalf to prove that you deserve a substantial settlement for the brain changes you suffer due to the actions of another party.
Some people may not think that a pinched nerve is a big deal, but this simply isn’t true. In addition to causing sharp or burning pain, pinched nerves can lead to memory loss and a feeling of numbness in the area that the nerve no longer serves properly. Pinched nerves are more common among car accident victims who have also suffered a herniated disc. The reason for this is that the fragments or bone spurs from the herniated disc can block nerve pathways and cause the above symptoms. The average nerve damage settlement from car accidents depends largely on whether the damage is temporary or permanent and how it impacts your future mobility.
Although fewer medical and legal professionals use this term, it’s still an appropriate way to describe what happens when the head and neck sustain such strong force that they suddenly and violently jerk back and forth several times. A car accident, for example, can cause the muscles and tendons in the neck to stretch further than they ever should. Here are some of the most common symptoms associated with whiplash:
Like other types of injuries, whiplash settlement amounts can vary considerably depending on a range of factors. However, this type of car accident settlement tends to be lower compared to other types of injuries.
The average settlement handed down by a jury considers both your economic and non-economic damages. The first category includes an accident-related expense you have incurred such as medical care and property damage. Non-economic damages are more subjective and include such things as pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life. Some plaintiffs also receive a third category called punitive damages. This means that the person who caused your injuries acted in such a reckless manner that he or she showed complete disregard for your safety.
These nine factors represent just some of the criteria that juries consider. We will discuss this in greater detail with you at your initial consultation and as we get further along in processing your lawsuit.
As you now know, the average amount to expect from a car accident settlement can vary greatly depending on a number of critical factors. Over the past twenty-five years, our car accident attorneys have secured over $500 Million in verdicts and settlements with individual payouts ranging from thousands of dollars to millions of dollars.
Examples of our firm's recent car accident settlements include:
To view more recent case results, visit our Car Accident Verdicts & Settlements page.
Working with a personal injury lawyer will help you obtain a far higher compensation that may surpass the amount that any car insurance company will give you for your injury case, getting you a higher settlement. Our accident injury attorney will assist you in presenting each aspect about your settlement case to your insurance company or a judge. We may produce information that you would have missed if you handled the mediations yourself.
Compensation for your auto repairs, special damages, physical pain, and medical bills and expenses are typically decided by the amount that you paid. Our accident lawyer will advise and negotiate an adequate settlement for pain and suffering and emotional distress.
The insurance company will always offer the lowest acceptable amount for a car accident settlement. This is how insurance companies maximize their revenue and profits. An insurance adjuster will try to demonstrate that you needed and underwent needless treatment. Most will attempt to maintain that you were able to work.
A personal injury lawyer will advise you to take the steps that are essential to defend yourself if you've been hurt in an auto accident. You'll want to document everything relevant to the accident. A doctor can easily verify missed workdays and the medical treatment that you have undergone, and you should be able to reclaim the money that you may have lost.
To maximize your car accident settlement, you'll want to do more than present a car accident claim through your insurance company. An injury lawyer will assist in persuading the insurance company that they need to examine the insurance claim further. A prolonged investigation could happen, and our personal injury attorney will negotiate the auto accident settlement with the insurance company. After 30 years, our experienced law firm will fight for general damages for your possible physical injuries, emotional damage, and general damages.
You may not have to file a personal injury claim to get a settlement payout for whiplash or another automobile injury. Your insurance company and your lawyer may arrive at a suitable agreement. If this doesn't happen, you may need to bring the matter to court.
Our attorneys represent injured individuals every day and are proud of our reputation as the "voice of the injured" throughout New York. If you've been involved in a crash and have questions about how much your car accident claim may be worth, we invite you to contact us at 212-268-3222 or complete the free consultation form to speak with an attorney at our firm. We will help you understand the value of your car accident case, and will inform you of your legal rights, options, an estimate on how much to expect based on our experience, and your next steps.