Average Settlement for Car Accident Back and Neck Injury
Suffering serious back and neck injuries in a car crash can be devastating. The experienced Los Angeles car accident attorneys at El Dabe Ritter Trial Lawyers routinely work with clients who have gotten hurt in traffic crashes caused by another driver’s negligence or aggressive behavior on the road. We know how important it is to obtain compensation for your losses, and we want to make sure you get the money you deserve. The following are some frequently asked questions we often receive from clients about the average settlement for a car accident involving back and neck injuries.
Q: HOW MUCH CAN I EXPECT TO RECEIVE FOR A CAR ACCIDENT BACK AND NECK INJURY SETTLEMENT?
A: Every case is different, and it is impossible to give an average settlement amount. Given that every person will sustain various types of injuries at differing levels of severity, it is difficult to say with any certainty what kind of settlement you might expect without providing an experienced car accident lawyer in Los Angeles with all of the details of your case. Depending upon the individual circumstances, a settlement amount can also include compensation for pain and suffering, as well as other psychological injuries.
Q: WHAT FACTORS AFFECT THE AMOUNT OF A CAR ACCIDENT SETTLEMENT?
A: There are numerous factors that can affect the amount of a car accident settlement you receive after sustaining a back and neck injury in a crash. First, the total amount of your economic losses will impact the amount of your settlement. Economic losses are those that have an objective dollar amount and include, for example, hospital bills, follow-up medical treatments, rehabilitative therapy costs, and lost wages. Next, the severity of your injuries can impact whether non-economic compensation is included as part of your settlement amount. If you experienced severe injuries, for instance, that resulted in substantial pain and suffering or disfigurement, your settlement also may include compensation for these losses.
Another issue that can affect your settlement amount is whether you are seeking a settlement from the insurance company or whether you have filed a lawsuit and are seeking a settlement from the defendant. In some cases, insurance limits and other issues can impact the total amount of your settlement offer, and you may need to file a car accident lawsuit in order to receive the full amount of compensation you deserve.
Q: IF I AM PARTIALLY AT FAULT, CAN THAT AFFECT MY SETTLEMENT?
A: California follows what is known as a “pure comparative fault” rule, which means that a plaintiff is not barred from recovery if she is partially at fault for the crash or for the severity of her injuries. However, a plaintiff’s (or claimant’s) own fault can reduce the amount of her settlement. For example, the responsible party might argue that it should offer you a lower settlement amount because of the percentage of your own fault.
CONTACT OUR EXPERIENCED LOS ANGELES CAR ACCIDENT LAWYERS
If you sustained back or neck injuries in a car accident and are seeking a settlement, you may be eligible for a substantial settlement, but numerous factors can affect the total settlement offer you receive. The aggressive car accident lawyers in Los Angeles at our firm can assist you. Contact El Dabe Ritter Trial Lawyers for more information.
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